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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 old man walks to find a cat to bring home to his wife. He finds millions of cats and ends up bringing them ALL back with him!
  LizinHillsdale | Jul 30, 2014 |
One of the creepiest books for little kids. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Mar 9, 2014 |
A lonely old man sets out to find a cat to keep him and his wife company. He finds millions of cats and cannot decide which one is the prettiest, so he takes them all home for his wife to decide. She also cannot decide and as a means of choosing, asks the cats, "Which on of you is the prettiest?" The cats then proceed to fight and eat each other up until only one remains, a homely cat who did not profess his beauty when asked and therefore went unperturbed by the other cats. The old couple take him in and nourish him until he becomes the prettiest cat they've ever seen, and they should know because they've seen millions of them. To be honest my favorite part of this tale was that the cats literally ate each other up. I like when fairy and folk tales have dark sides to underscore their points, in this case the dangers of vanity and how beauty can be nurtured. I would use this story as a mentor text for patterned stories, as the scenes are repeated with some variation. ( )
  asweet2 | Mar 8, 2014 |
"Millions of Cats" starts out with a very old woman asking her husband to find her a cat. Instead, he comes home with millions of cats! They come to the conclusion to allow the cats to decide among themselves who is the prettiest. All the cats feel that they are the prettiest and fight until there is only one cat. When asked how this cat survives, he replies that he is a homely cat and therefore no cat wanted to fight him. In the end, it was that cat that becomes the pet of the old couple and grows to be plump and handsome. I love the illustrations in the book

This story would be great in the classroom to address the standards for "Describing how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges." It may also be used to teach about cause and effect. ( )
  mheitz | Mar 3, 2014 |
A charming book about an elderly man seeking a pet for his beloved wife. The illustrations are very simple, yet detailed, and done in black and white. ( )
  ekettner | Mar 1, 2014 |
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Once upon a time there was a very old man and a very old woman.
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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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