This Retelling Of The Most Famous Japanese Folktale Captures Positive Values, Love And Kindness A Toymaker Who Cares For An Injured Cat Ends Up Having His Own Life Saved And Is Repaid With Good Fortune This Classic Story Reminds Us That Doing A Good Deed May Offer Its Own Rewards The Japanese Lucky Cat Also Known As Maneki Neko Has Become A Very Popular Symbol Of Good Luck And Prosperity Maneki Neko Can Be Found All Over Japan, Especially In The Entrances Of Shops, Restaurants And Homes A Raised Right Paw Is Believed To Bring Fortune, While A Raised Left Paw Brings Happiness And Good Luck. This is an interesting story about the origins of Maneki Neko or the Japanese Lucky Cat aka Beckoning Cat, Money Cat, or Fortune Cat We lived in Japan for four years and the cats are ubiquitous there I never really knew anything about the origins of the talisman, but I knew the figurines were considered lucky and were often seen in restaurants and stores You can find out at the Wikipedia page here From what I can tell, the story in this book is not an original tale, but it certainly is an unusual story T
This is an excerpt of a review that was originally published on my website Miss Jenny s ClassroomA little cat is rescued by a young man who travels from town to town to sell his toys after he is injured by a cart Though he has little himself, the man shares what he has with the injured cat sadly the cat passes away The young man continues his journey and believes he sees the cat and moves towards it only for the mirage to have saved his life He decides that he wants to make a toy in honor of the little cat but his efforts fail until an old craftsman gives him some advice.I just love this book It is a fantastic length for using with younger students I have used with students as low as grade 1 and they actually become invested in the young man achieving his goal Yes, there have been tears because the cat dies even a couple from me when I first read it but it all has a purpose.A great teaching point about using this book were the connections the students made to having seen the statue toys Maneki Neko in local restaurants this made for an excellent Text to Wo
Used this for 2nd grade Reading Groups Standard Retell Fables and Folktales from diverse cultures and determine central message, lesson or moral Japanese Folklore doing a good deed may offer its own reward A cute story about a boy and his journey in becoming a maker of Lucky Cat figurines. Had to get this book from the library because Phoenix was going to be performing this book on stage at our local cherry blossom festival with the author of the book It s a great book. It is a very interesting story of how the spirit of a dead cat brings good luck to the boy who tried to help him The illustrations are beautiful Also, it is written in both English and Spanish. Excellent book to read to young kids as it promote good moral values Great to have an open discussion on acts of kindness to animals and the benefits of doing good deeds.
- 32 pages
- The Tale of the Lucky Cat
- Sunny Seki
- 24 March 2019 Sunny Seki