Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat

Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat

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Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat Set against the backdrop of ancient China, Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat provides the boundless energy and fresh perspective of an eight-year-old discovering the world and learning life's most important lessons: about honesty, making friends, standing up for what you believe in, and more....

Children and adults are both intrigued by the colorful culture of China long ago. Children especially love Sagwa and her funny best friend Fu-Fu.

Sagwa addresses questions at the heart of growing up by modeling strategies for dealing with the personal and social issues that face 5-to-8-year-old children and by exposing children to elements of cultures other than their own and showing that children all over the world share many of the same interests and emotions.

Sagwa delights children and teaches important lessons:

  • Who am I?
  • How do I get along with others?
  • What does it mean to be honest?
  • How can I stand up for what I believe in?
  • What are my responsibilities?
  • What does it mean to be open-minded and tolerant? What is it like to be gaining more independence?


Sagwa is based on the books written by Amy Tan and illustrated by Gretchen Schields. In Tan's series, Sagwa was one of the three pearl white kittens born to Mama Miao and Baba Miao, two fine cats who lived in a place everyone called the House of the Foolish Magistrate. The Foolish Magistrate was in charge of issuing rules and proclamations for the people of his province. Sagwa was always getting into trouble with the Magistrate.

PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.