The book tells a warm story of two different species living together and having respect for each other.
- Book Intro
(English) Picture Diary about Cats
The author, Lee Saebyeok, lives with a cat, Janggun, which loves being respected more than receiving lots of stuff. Being careful not to startle him when moving large things, letting him know that she will hold him, and positioning a boiling kettle slightly away from him to prevent steam from covering his face are what makes Janggun feel respected.
Another cat Heuindoong, who was once a stray cat, hardly shows signs of the complaint and keeps things to himself. So Lee tries to do whatever he needs. Once, when Heuindoong was suffering from a skin disease, Lee could not refuse to pet him and he ended up losing hair.
Heuindoong habitually smells the air since it was important for him to predict the weather when he was living on the streets, and Lee, in the middle of drawing plants, raises her head and smells as he does. Janggun loves his body tinged with fragrance. He wears the fragrance of grass after rubbing his body against tomato stems, of side dishes after wandering through the kitchen, and of sunshine on a sunny day.
The book tells how an artist who has grown and painted plants happens to live with two cats and explores nature at a deeper level. For Lee, Huindoong is like a broadleaf tree, and Janggun a needleleaf tree. And she feels that she is mysteriously connected to Janggun. So even when she wants something from him, she doesn't let on. A Picture Diary on Cats tells a warm story of two different species living together and having respect for each other.
- About the Author
Lee Sae-byuk is an illustrator who paints plants.
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