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The Beckoning Cat: Based on a Japanese Folktale

Title: The Beckoning Cat: Based on a Japanese Folktale
Author: Koko Nishizuka
Illustrator: Rosanne Litzinger
Publisher: Holiday House Publishers (2009)
ISBN: 9780823420513
 
Koko Nishizuka retells the fable of the Beckoning Cat. A Japanese symbol of luck seen in many shops and restaurants. Yohei sells fish to support his family while his father is sick. Despite his family’s circumstances, he shares food with a hungry cat who wanders into the house. The next day, local people arrive at Yohei’s house to buy fish, saying the cat “waved her paw as if to say, ‘Come here.'”

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