The Good Luck Cat

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

We here at OutlooK-12 celebrate diversity and believe that exposure to other cultures is an enriching experience.  Because of this, we are featuring a special “School Library” section this month with selected titles from a list of must-have multicultural books for children and preteens.  Originally compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the full list is available on the National Education Association’s website and can be viewed at

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“The Good Luck Cat” by Joy Harjo
Illustrated by Paul Lee
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books ISBN-13: 978-0152321970

Did you know that some cats are good luck?  If you pet one of these lucky little felines, good things will happen.  Now, there aren’t many of these cats in the world.  Maybe only one cat in millions or even billions is a lucky cat.  But Woogie is one of these cats.  Yes, stripy, green-eyed Woogie brings good luck to her family.  One pet and suddenly they have money for new shoes (thanks to the winnings from a bingo game).  Another pet and a lost earring is amazingly found just in time for the spring pow-wow.  But can a good luck cat’s good luck run out—especially when that cat is a bit danger prone and quickly run-ning out of her nine lives?