Cat Who Went to Heaven

ISBN-10: 1416949739
ISBN-13: 9781416949732
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Description: In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the  More...

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Book details

List price: $6.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.154
Language: English

In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck. According to legend, the proud and haughty cat was denied the Buddha's blessing for refusing to accept his teachings and pay him homage. So when the artist, moved by compassion for his pet, includes the cat in his painting, the priest rejects the work and decrees that it must be destroyed. It seems the artist's life is ruined as well -- until he is rewarded for his act of love by a Buddhist miracle. This timeless fable has been a classic since its first publication in 1930, and this beautifully reillustrated edition brings the magic and wonder of the tale to a new generation of readers.

Dr Elizabeth Coatsworth is Senior Lecturer at the Department of History of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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