"The Truth is," Ming Miao told her five kittens, "you are not Siamese cats but Chinese cats. As a matter of fact, one of our family's ancestors from a thousand cat lives ago was the famous feline Sagwa of China..."
One day Sagwa was napping in the Foolish Magistrate's study. From her perch high on a bookshelf, she heard the newest rule: No singing until the sun goes down. A terrible rule, Sagwa thought. After the Foolish Magistrate left the study, Sagwa jumped down from the bookshelf -- pwah! -- and landed right in the ink pot!
Sagwa was instantly covered with black ink, and before she knew what she was doing she rubbed her nose on the new rule, blotting out the word not. Now it ordered the people to sing all day -- until the sun went down.
When the people heard this new rule, they were thrilled. They raised their voices in song, praising the Foolish Magistrate for thinking of them. And when the Foolish Magistrate heard their praise, his heart warmed. From that day on, he was a wise magistrate. And Sagwa became the greatest of felines!
Gretchen Schield's detailed, colorful paintings bring Amy Tan's charming story to wonderful life, making The Chinese Siamese Cat a book to be treasured for generations to come.
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Amy Tan wrote her first published essay, "What the Library Means to Me," at age eight. She has since become the author of two well-known works of fiction: The Joy Luck Club, which was chosen by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults; and The Kitchen God's Wife, named a 1991 Booklist Editor's Choice. Her first book for young people was the highly praised The Moon Lady, illustrated by Gretchen Schields (Macmillan). Her recent essay, "Mother Tongue," was included in the 1991 edition of Best American Essays. Prior to writing fiction, Ms. Tan worked as a language development consultant to programs serving developmentally disabled children. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Lou DeMattei.From AudioFile:
Amy Tan's light, airy voice includes the listener as if sharing a bedtime story. The naughty white kitten, Sagwa, comes from a long line of royal Chinese cats. Her mischief changes the spirit of the cruel magistrate and future for her ancestors. Tan tells the story simply and with little embellishment. She uses few character voices but seems to warm to her own telling as the story progresses. The story is repeated exactly on side two. Listeners who love cats, Asian folktales, and authors who read their own stories will find this a good choice. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New Hardcover! Pristine unmarked pages, may have very slight warehouse wear, no remainder marks, still a great buy straight from warehouse unread, sealed in plastic, exact artwork as listed, Bookseller Inventory # 131171020060
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027888355
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Gretchen Schields (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0027888355
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Schields, Gretchen (illustrator). 1st Edition. Flawless brand new 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover in flawless dust jacket SIGNED by Amy Tan and Gretchen Schields on the title page without inscription. The dust jacket has been put in a clear plastic sleeve for protection. Impossible to find a better copy. It will be packed in layers of bubble-wrap and shipped in a sturdy box to make sure it arrives in pristine, collectible condition. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABRP125
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110027888355
Book Description Macmillan, NY, 1994. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Schields, Gretchen (illustrator). First Edition - First Printing. Mother cat tells her five kittens they are Chinese cats rather than Siamese cats. Jacket in mylar cover. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 004812