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Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat

By Susan Lendroth
Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi
$17.95, Hardcover, 32 pages
English Text
Ages 4-8
ISBN-10: 1885008392
ISBN-13: 9781885008398

In a small Japanese village, a poor monk and his cat Tama live a simple life at the Kotoku Monastery. One day, a great storm passes through the village, and Tama is caught in the rain outside the temple. She waits under the eaves of a small shrine, cleaning her face and whiskers as best she can with her paw. A noble samurai is also passing through, and stops his horse under the cover of a large tree. But through the rain, what does he see? A cat with a raised paw, beckoning him forward?

Curious, the samurai urges his horse forward. Just then, a bolt of lightning flashes and strikes the tree behind him, splitting it in two. The beckoning cat has saved his life. In his gratitude, the samurai brings riches to the small temple and the monk, who shares his wealth with the village.

So goes the Japanese legend of Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat. And to this day, the cat with raised paw beckoning guests is a symbol of good luck and good fortune in many Asian countries. Susan Lendroth’s retelling of this well-known legend brings warmth to the two monastery companions, while award-winning illustrator Kathryn Otoshi brings them to life in the beautiful landscape of old Japan.

News and Thoughts
Every year, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, California hosts a showcase of artwork from children's books. This year, art from Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat will be featured in the show, and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi will be at the Artist Reception on March 19, 2001 from 1:00-4:00.

From the Sun Gallery:
Our 22nd Annual Childrens Book Illustrators Exhibit opens February 9, and features nine artists this year as well as the work of art students from Chabot College. There will be an artist and book signing reception on Saturday, March 19th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet many of the illustrators and have them sign books you might want to purchase. So, bring your kids along to this fun and informative event and see how the magic of illustration and language creates engaging children's literature.

This year's artists are: Gabriele Bungardt-Mup the Pup, Joe Cepeda-From North to South, Felicia Hoshino-My Dog Teny, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher-For the Love of Music, Elisa Kleven-Welcome Home, Mouse, Lea Lyon-Keep your Ear on the Ball, Mark Meyers-Counting Cows, Yuyi Morales- Floating on Mama's Song, Kathryn Otoshi Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat

Artist Reception & Book Signing Party: Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 1-4 PM.

Teachers: Classroom tours of the gallery with a studio art project are available. Call or email the gallery to schedule your guided tour: 510-581-4050/ sungallery@comcast.net
It's the first signing for the release of Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat! Author Susan Lendroth will be at Sierra Madre Books in Sierra Madre, CA (in the greater Los Angeles area) on June 26, 2010. She'll be there from 11:00am until 12:30pm. See you there!

Author Susan Lendroth Signing
Saturday, June 26, 2010
11 am - 12:30 pm
Sierra Madre Books
52 West Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, CA 91024-2434
(626) 836-3200


A Glimpse Inside

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Proofs have been approved, and Maneki Neko is off to print. Want a peek at what's in store? Here are two interior spreads from the book. For those who have pre-ordered, I'm hoping you'll have your books by the end of the month. Fingers crossed.

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Susan Lendroth enjoys telling tales set in the past and has written two previous picture books. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her daughter and an ill-mannered orange cat named Jr, who has never learned to beckon.

Kathryn Otoshi is a cat-lover and an award-winning author and illustrator who has always wanted to do a children’s picture book based on her own Japanese heritage. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, Daniel, and two cockatiels.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.






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Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat

By Susan Lendroth
Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi
$17.95, Hardcover, 32 pages
English Text
Ages 4-8
ISBN-10: 1885008392
ISBN-13: 9781885008398

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