Brief summary: There is wealthy Lord Cat who is never satisfied or appreciative of what he has. He always wants more, more, more. He wants to live in the highest pagoda. His clothes are of silk and gold. He has the best food including his delicious rice from his paddies in the valley below. Lord Cat has so much extra rice that he tells his servants to throw the extra grains in the river. A drought comes causing famine. The villagers and servants leave the mountain and move to the city where life will be easier for them to exist. The Lord Cat is left alone with all of his possessions. He must also now search for food. He comes across two beggars who tell him of a simple temple where a monk will feed the hungry. The Lord Cat, now a humble beggar too, goes to be fed and learns what it means to be truly blessed. The rice he once had thrown in the river as a wasteful lord is the same that is in his bowl as a appreciative beggar. The cat goes from riches to rags and finally learns what is precious and meaningful.
Comments: Ed Young’s books are always a plus to any library collection with his rich tales and collage illustrations. This is a great tale to share now in the holiday season to remind us to be thankful and appreciative of what we have and what we can lose.
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