Wendy Henrichs has elegantly captured one of the possible origins of Maneki Neko, the Japanese waving cat, in I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend. This poignant tale, told with a light lyrical prose and combined with Yoshiko Jaeggi’s beautiful watercolors, creates a lovely picture book to enjoy with children. While I’ve often seen Japanese waving cats, I’ve never realized the signifigance behind the story. Children and parents alike will appreciate that even someone small can make a great difference.
Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by Peachtree Publishers.