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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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This book could definitely be used in a math lesson about counting or to explain the difference between hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions. You could also use this book in a first or second grade classroom to teach retelling and identifying the moral of the story. ( )
  ddeely | Feb 9, 2016 |
This book would be okay for a read-aloud with younger students, but I don't think they would want to read it for independent reading. It's very wordy, but it is also repetitive and they might enjoy hearing it read aloud. This book can be used to discuss emotions, and why the characters in the book were lonely despite having each other and living in such a nice, cozy house. Why weren't they happy with all of their flowers around their house that they were proud of? Where does happiness come from? What makes you happy? These kinds of questions can be asked. It will help build inference skills, and also get students thinking about themselves in those terms. ( )
  AmandaJH | Feb 9, 2016 |
I found myself enjoying the pace of this classic yet confused by convention rules at times with run on sentences and sentences beginning with "And". I felt if had a moral and truly embodied all of the characteristics I had read about in chapter 5. ( )
  TashaWhite | Jan 30, 2016 |
Millions of Cats is a fantasy book. This book is about a little old woman and a little old man who live in a house, just the two of them. They start to feel lonely so the little old women asks the little old man to go get them a cat. When the little old man comes across the cats he can’t just pick one so he ends up bring all the cats back with them. In the end they end up with only one cat because they cant feed a million cats. Teachers can incorporate this book in their classroom because it shows that sometimes its best to just stand in the back of the crowd and be quite. Because the kitten that doesn’t speak up ends up not getting into the fight with all the other cats and it is the one cat that survives and ends up living with the little old woman and the little old man. The illustrations in this book are black and white, which sometimes can steer kids away. But the detail in the black and white pictures is really well drawn and it shows the detail of what the author is saying. ( )
  kelsmarie09 | Dec 3, 2015 |
Beautifully hand-written text along side quaint, B/W drawings. Millions and billions and trillions of cats (great rhythm for reading aloud!) fight to the death as they argue who is the prettiest.

The final drawing is incorrect in its depiction of knitting. The Very Old Woman is holding 3 straight needles in each hand (all pointing at her fabric) as she knits a sock. While there are techniques for knitting tubular items on straight needles, only two would be used. If using 6 needles, they would be double-pointing for knitting-in-the-round. ( )
  MCHBurke | Nov 29, 2015 |
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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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