I Am Tama, Lucky Cat by Wendy Henrichs
A Japanese Legend

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Many years ago, a cat went in search of food and shelter. After a long and difficult journey, she came upon a rundown temple at the foot of a majestic, snow-capped mountain. She sat in the doorway and waited with her right hand upheld, as was her custom. A monk with little more than a few grains of rice to share welcomed his feline visitor into his humble home and place of worship. Little did he know that the hungry, shivering animal he named Tama would bring him both friendship and good fortune beyond his dreams... In a marriage of graceful text based on one of the legends of Maneki Neko beckoning cat, in early Edo Period Japan and breathtaking watercolor illustrations, debut author Wendy Henrichs and award-winning illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi offer a beautiful story of friendship, generosity, and kindness.
 

About Wendy Henrichs

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Wendy Henrichs was inspired to write I Am Tama, Lucky Cat when she adopted two cats. One of them had a habit of raising her paw while sitting, just like a Japanese Lucky Cat figurine. Curiosity about the legends behind Lucky Cat led her to the story of Tama. She lives in Iowa.Yoshiko Jaeggi's work has appeared in Cricket Magazine. She is the illustrator of Monsoon Afternoon and My Dadima Wears a Sari. She lives in Maryland.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Peachtree Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Depictions of the cat in its characteristic pose seem awkward, but other pictures show flashes of sly feline charm and add some humor and movement.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her debut, Henrichs retells the traditional story of the cat's origin, in which a lordly stray befriends a monk in a temple, the monk shares his meager provisions with the cat, and the cat's beckoning gesture saves the life of a samurai warrior whose grateful reward relieves the temple's poverty.

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In David Mackintosh's cheerful paean to eccentricity, "Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School" (Abrams, 32 pages, $16.95), our narrator is not at all sure that he wants to be seated in class next to the new boy.

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Common Sense Media

Even the littlest kids will love the watercolor illustrations, which include a whimsical image of the cat meditating alongside his Buddhist master to a magical picture of the improved temple toward the book's end, with cherry blossoms blowing on the visitors who've come to worship.

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Chicago Tribune

There are many versions of this popular legend surrounding the image of a white cat that appears to be waving.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed A white cat with some orange and black markings has been on a long and arduous journey to find a home with food and shelter.

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