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The PBS show Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was popular in the early 2000s. The show was based on a book by Amy Tan of the same name. The show and book feature a family of siamese cats.

Siamese cats are one known to have crooked tails. There is a legend that explains why the tail turned crooked. A princess was bathing in a river. She worried her rings would be swept away in the water. The princess placed the rings on her pet cat for safe keeping. The cat kept the rings safe by bending its tail. The tail stayed bent forever.

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Do you think you would like a talkative cat? Explain why or why not.


Have you read any other books about a cat from a specific place or country? How was it similar to or different from the Siamese cat?


What other kinds of animals were known to protect important people or places?

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