The beckoning cat : based on a Japanese folktale /

by Nishizuka, Koko; Litzinger, Rosanne [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Holiday House, c2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780823420513; 0823420515.Subject(s): Folklore -- Japan | Cats -- FolkloreSummary: A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale describing the origins of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck.
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In this story based on a Japanese folktale, an impoverished boy named Yohei shares his dinner with a cat that appears on his doorstep. When Yohei faces a crisis, the cat remembers his generosity and brings help.

A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale describing the origins of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck.

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(Primary) In this story set in Japan "long, long ago," young Yohei must take care of his sick father and still sell enough fish to keep them both alive. Despite his own empty stomach, when a wet and hungry white cat shows up at the door, he dries the cat off and shares his food with her. When his father takes a turn for the worse, Yohei's worries multiply: he can't leave his father, but he needs to sell his fish door-to-door. Instead, people begin coming to his house to buy fish, saying that the white cat "waved her paw as if to say, 'Come here,'" and they followed. Soon the cat herself becomes an attraction, and Yohei's lot in life improves; other merchants, wanting their own good-luck cats, begin putting white cat statues in their stores. The sweetly uncomplicated tale (source not given) concludes by telling readers to look for "the beckoning cat perched on the counter" the next time they're in an Asian restaurant. Litzinger combines several media but keeps the pictures very simple, focusing on the colors and shapes rather than on details. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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