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Millions of Cats (Gift Edition) (Picture Puffin Books) (original 1928; edition 2006)

by Wanda Gag

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Title:Millions of Cats (Gift Edition) (Picture Puffin Books)
Authors:Wanda Gag
Info:Puffin (2006), Paperback, 32 pages
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Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág (1928)



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An oldie, but a goodie. When an old woman wants a cat, her husband sets out to find the perfect cat, and ends up bringing home millions of cats to his wife.
  kharper0718 | Aug 14, 2015 |
After I read this book, I looked up some of the information about the Newberry award and why this book received one. I found out this is the oldest American picture book still in print. The story is about a wife who wants a cat. When the husband sets out to find her the most beautiful cat, he ends up finding " "Cats here, cats there, Cats and kittens everywhere. Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, Millions and billions and trillions of cats..." He can't decide which one to take home so he brings them all. The husband and wife decide that the cats can decide for themselves who is the prettiest and can stay. This causes mayhem and they all eat each other up, leaving only one skinny cat. In the end, the skinny cat (who didn't think she was pretty) is the one they keep and nurture into a beautiful cat.

I really like this book. The artwork is so whimsical. Sometimes it only takes up parts of the page, and sometimes takes up two pages. There seems to be no real borders. The husband and wife remind me of gnomes that people put in their yards. The trees have almost a weeping willow effect. It is mostly pen and ink, but it leans towards a fantasy feel.

I recommend this book to any age. It deals with the idea of vanity and would be a great opening to talk about morals.

Classroom extension:
1. Talk about all different types of cats.
2. You could use this book to demonstrate some math. ie: millions, billions etc.
3. Talk to the children about the differences between good self esteem and vanity. ( )
  krich1974 | Jul 24, 2015 |
A timeless favorite! An old woman wants a cat, so what does she do? She sends her husband to get her a cat. The husband comes back with millions and billions of cats because he could not decide which cat was the best. The book is funny and entertaining and will become a family favorite. ( )
  Donna.Hice | Jul 14, 2015 |
Millions of Cats is a story about a very old woman and a very old man. They are lonely, and the very old woman wants a cat to keep them company. The very old man goes on a journey to find his wife the prettiest cat. He climbed over hills and through valleys and at at last he came upon a hill covered with cats and kittens everywhere, hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats. He can't decide which cat to take home so he decides to take all of them. The very old woman tells her husband they can't keep all of these cats and the try and find the prettiest. The cats begin to fight and leave and only one scraggly kitten is left. The very old woman and very old man keep the kitten and help it grow big and strong and beautiful. This story shows that sometimes what you want isn't what you need. The man and woman thought that they wanted the prettiest cat, but what they really needed was a cat to take care of and nurture. After reading this story, the teacher could have the student's draw out the different numbers for one hundred, one thousand, one million, one billion, and one trillion, so they can see how many cats were in the story. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 25, 2015 |
This is one of the first books I remember. "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats!"

Read this with Ben in April 2015. "The very old man and the very old women seem pretty undisturbed about the cat genocide they instigated." "And what were the hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats eating and drinking before, when they were all living on the same hillside?"
  JennyArch | Apr 22, 2015 |
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Once upon a time there was a very old man and a very old woman.
Cats here, cats there, cats and kittens everywhere, hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats.
It is the most beautiful cat in the whole world, said the very old man.
"Oh, I'm just a very homely little cat, " said the kitten, "So when you asked who was the prettiest, I didn't say anything. So nobody bothered me.
So it happened that every time the very old man looked up, he saw another cat which was so pretty he could not bear to leave it, and before he knew it, he had chosen them all.
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In Millions of Cats, a husband and wife decide that they need a cat so that they can feel less lonely. The husband then searches for the prettiest cat of all. However, when he sees a hill full of cats, he can't decide which one to take home. The man then takes home all of the cats! When he arrives at home, the wife tells him that they can only have one cat, because they can't feed the "hundreds, thousands, millions and billions and trillions" of cats. The repetition of the this phrase will be sure to engage and entertain young children.
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Millions of Cats is a wonderful tale of vanity versus humility, written and illustrated by the singular Wanda Gag. An old man and his wife decide to get a cat, so the old man goes out in search of the prettiest cat of all. When he is forced to choose from "hundreds, thousands, millions and billions and trillions" of cats, he (naturally) brings them all home. When the wife points out their inability to support the legion of felines, it is left to the cats to decide who among them is the prettiest. Anyone who has ever owned more than a single cat can tell you what happens next.

Gag's simple, appealing black ink drawings are perfect for the story, somehow capturing at least the idea of millions of cats in a single page. Repeated lines and the sing-song title refrain make this a read-aloud natural.(Ages 4 to 8)

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