I Am Tama, Lucky Cat

By Wendy Henrichs
Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

I Am Tama JKT-PLCLong ago in Japan, a cat set out in search of food and shelter. After a difficult journey, she came upon a rundown temple. The cat sat in the doorway and waited with her right paw upheld, as was her custom.

A monk who had little more than a few grains of rice to share welcomed her into his humble home and place of worship. Little did he know that the hungry, shivering cat named Tama would bring him both friendship and good fortune beyond his dreams.

In a marriage of breathtaking watercolor illustrations and graceful text based on a Japanese beckoning cat legend, debut author Wendy Henrichs and award-winning illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi have fashioned a timeless story of friendship, generosity, and kindness.


  • Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2012;
    Semifinalist for the Irma Black Award
  • 2012 Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor book
  • 2012 Society of School Librarians International Honor book
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal Book Award

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