-Title: I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend
– Series: None
-Author: Wendy Henrichs, Yoshiko Jaeggi (Illustrator)
-Release Date: August 1st 2011 by Peachtree Publishers-About the Book *GoodReads*Long ago, under the shadow of the white-capped mountains of Japan, a Lucky Cat, bobtailed and white with unusual markings, arrives at the door of a rundown temple. A kind and gentle monk welcomes him.
Tama the Lucky Cat watches as his new master teaches Buddha’s ways to small gatherings of poor farmers. The monk worries about the people’s welfare, ignoring his own empty stomach. One night in a powerful thunderstorm Tama sees a towering warlord on a white horse. The cat beckons the warrior to him just as a large branch crashes to the ground, landing right where the warlord had previously stood. In thanksgiving to the Lucky Cat for saving his life, the warlord lavishes gifts on the temple and makes it his family’s place of honor.
It’s the detailing one possible origin of the myth of the adorable Japanese Maneki Neko, or Lucky Cat. I really loved the idea of a little small cat can change fate of a temple and also become a timeless.
The Illustrations are wonderful…