I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend

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8.1 X 9.8 X 0.2 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Wendy Henrichs was inspired to write I Am Tama, Lucky Cat when she adopted two cats. One of them had a habit of raising her paw while sitting, just like a Japanese Lucky Cat figurine. Curiosity about the legends behind Lucky Cat led her to the story of Tama. She grew up in Illinois and lives in Iowa.

Yoshiko Jaeggi was born in Kagoshima, Japan, which is famous for its volcano. She drew her first picture in the ashes that rained from the sky. Yoshiko was trained at the Osaka Municipal Institute of Fine Art and has illustrated several picture books. She lives in Maryland.


"The qualities of compassion and generosity that are gently demonstrated and the theme of virtue rewarded are undeniably laudable. . . Jaeggi's lovely watercolors reflect the serene tone and evoke the exotic setting, and her use of panels echoes traditional Japanese artwork."--Kirkus Reviews

"Jaeggi lavishes care on the watercolor illustrations, in which everyday features of Japanese life add historical and architectural interest"--Publishers Weekly

"Evocative watercolor illustrations capture ancient Japan in this picture-book retelling of the lucky-cat legend. . . With its compelling story and stunning art, this is a worthy addition."--School Library Journal