|Cat Who Went to Heaven, the (1967) [Novel]|
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
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This story about a poor artist in Japan whose housekeeper arrives home from the market one day with a calico cat instead of food. Although upset at first at having another mouth to feed, the artist grows to love the little cat who appears to be more than a mere cat.
The housekeeper declares that the cat will bring good luck and they name her "Good Fortune," a name she quickly lives up to when a priest from the temple comes to hire the artist to paint a portrait of Buddha. Good Fortune watches the artist work and seems to approve of each stroke. In fact, when he adds a likeness of Good Fortune to the painting she fell dead, too happy to live another minute.
The artist knew that because the cat had rejected Buddha the priests would also reject his painting, but he would not change it out of his love for Good Fortune. The priests vowed to burn his painting... until the miracle. This beautiful book gives us a window into Japanese culture, love and miracles.
Original title: The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction