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I Am Tama, Lucky Cat

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Japanese legend vividly told in striking picture book.

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This story is simply told, but it can be enjoyed by kids at different ages. The older kids are, the more they will enjoy probing the meaning of the legend, and thinking about what tools the cat used to bring fortune to the temple. Even the littlest kids will love the watercolor illustrations, which include a whimsical image of the cat meditating alongside his Buddhist master to a magical picture of the improved temple toward the book's end, with cherry blossoms blowing on the visitors who've come to worship. The story may also spawn kids' interest in legends from other cultures and religions.

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