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Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat: 12/08/11
Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat by Susan Lendroth is a retelling of a Japanese folk tale and a porquoi story that explains the reason behind the good luck cat charms seen in many Japanese stores and restaurants.
The book tells of how a cat and temple priest become friends. The priest takes good care of the cat and in turn the cat saves a nobleman from being struck by lightning. For the cat's bravery, the priest and temple are rewarded.
The book introduces children to Japanese history and culture as well as a few Japanese words. While the words are easy to understand in context, a glossary is included at the back of the book. The book highlights honesty, kindness to animals and others and the importance that luck plays in life.
I read this book for my materials for children ages 5 to 8.
Comment #1: Wednesday, December, 14, 2011 at 10:36:57
Thank you for reviewing my book "Maneki Neko the Tale of the Beckoning Cat"!
Comment #2: Monday, December 19, 2011 at 22:50:03