Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat by Amy Tan

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"Before you go out into the world," Ming Miao told her five kittens, "you must know the true story of your ancestors...."

And so begins the story of Sagwa of China, a mischievous, pearl white kitten. Sagwa lived in the House of the Foolish Magistrate, a greedy man who made up rules that helped only himself. One day, Sagwa fell into an inkwell and accidentally changed one of the Foolish Magistrate's rules. Little did Sagwa know she would alter the fate — and the appearance — of Chinese cats forever!

 

About Amy Tan

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Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen Goda (TM)s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesettera (TM)s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two childrena (TM)s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by MacMillan, (1994). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A beautifully written story about why Siamese cats are really Chinese cats, and why their faces, ears, paws, and tails turn darker as they grow up.

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"In this charming original folktale, a mother cat tells her kittens the true story of their ancestry. Schields's energetic illustrations prove an atmospheric counterpart to Tan's viva

Oct 08 2001 | Read Full Review of Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat

Common Sense Media

Thus the story of Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat was born -- and the real Sagwa was so happy with the story that she lived to a ripe old age.

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Common Sense Media

This series presents a thorough introduction to another culture: Chinese characters are shown, Mandarin Chinese is sung and spoken, mythological animals such as dragons are referred to, and the food, dress and customs are Chinese.

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Chron

Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat's message is the same in any language: Kittens just want to have fun.

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