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2011 Award
I Am Tama, Lucky Cat, A Japanese Legend
( retold by Wendy Henrichs/ illus. Yoshiko Jaeggi, Peachtree $16.95 Score: )

You have probably seen little Lucky Cat figurines with one paw uplifted in Japanese shops and restaurants. This is the back story of that little cat who finds shelter in the home of a monk and manages to bring good fortune to the monk and those who come to pray. When a Samurai comes calling it is the Lucky Cat who saves him from danger and who eventually comes to care for the temple and those who live in it. Handsome watercolor paintings add an authentic charm to the story. 5-9

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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