Millions of Cats

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Wanda Gag's enchanting tale of the very old man who sent off in search of one kitten and returned with "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats" is an American classic. A Newbery Honor Book. Full color.

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Overview

Wanda Gag's enchanting tale of the very old man who sent off in search of one kitten and returned with "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats" is an American classic. A Newbery Honor Book. Full color.

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?

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An old couple is lonely - if only they had a pretty white cat! The old man finds a hill covered with cats and brings them home. His wife points out that thay cannot possibly keep them all. The cats get in a fight over who gets to stay, and the couple is left with a scrawny little kitten. With love, the kitten becomes the most beautiful cat in the world. This classic is as popular now as it was when it was first published in 1928.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698113633
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Wanda Gag (1893-1946) was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, the daughter of an artist and the eldest of seven children. In recognition of her rare artistry, she was the posthumous recipient of the 1958 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Millions of Cats and the 1977 Kerlan Award for the body of her work.

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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 . . .

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    This black and white picture book is a tale of a very lonely, ol

    This black and white picture book is a tale of a very lonely, old couple who live in a "nice clean house which had flowers all around it, except where the door was."  One day the old woman sighs and wishes for a cat.  Her loving, dedicated husband sets out to find the perfect cat for her and grants her that wish.  After walking through many hills and valleys he stumbles upon a hill completely covered with cats, "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats."  (Oh I remember so well reading that repetitive line to my kindergartener's and them chanting that back to me every time it popped up in the book thereafter).   Great fun!




    The old man wanted to pick the prettiest cat for his wife but every time he looked in another direction he spotted the next pretty cat.  He scooped up as many pretty cats as his old arms could hold and headed off home.  But guess what?  The rest of the felines followed along behind him until he reached his house.  His wife took one look at the cat-mob and exclaimed, "We can never feed that many cats",  "What are we going to do with them all?"  She had her husband rush indoors and shut the door behind them leaving the cats to decide which one of them was the prettiest.  After a fierce, fatal quarrel amongst the out - of  -control swarm of cats, the couple take a peek through the window and there is not one cat left outside in their yard.  Off in the bushes they notice a small, scrawny kitten huddling there and they come out to rescue it.  The little guy had decided he wasn't pretty enough to enter the beauty contest so he snuck away and safely hid himself from the mayhem and chaos .  




    The old couple lovingly pick him up and take him inside where they nourish and pamper him into perfect health.  As he grows both physically (and emotionally on the old man and woman), he becomes the most beautiful cat in the world to them and they all live happily ever after.  




    This book won the John Newbery Honor award in 1929. (The Caldecott did not exist yet.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    I read--and had read to me--Millions of Cats in the mid-1940s wh

    I read--and had read to me--Millions of Cats in the mid-1940s when I had just learned to read. I find myself still quoting some of it. It's a wonderful book for early readers: a story that's got real content, great illustrations, and a rhythmic language that kids love.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Once upon a time there was a very old man and a very old woman w

    Once upon a time there was a very old man and a very old woman who were unhappy because they were very lonely. The old woman decided that they needed a cat, so the old man set out to find one. Finally, he came to a hill which was covered with “Cats here, cats there, cats and kittens everywhere, hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats.” He never could decide which one to choose, so he brought them all home. However, the old woman knew that they could never feed them all, so they determine to keep only the prettiest one. But how will they decide which one is prettiest? And what will happen to all the others?
    This enchanting tale was a recipient of the 1929 Newbery Honor Book Award. It has been said that it is a wonderful story of vanity versus humility. Gag's simple yet appealing black ink drawings are perfect illustrations of the plot and are able to capture the idea of millions of cats on a single page. We are a cat-loving family, and our experience confirms the nature of cats as described by Gag. By modern standards, it is basically a picture book. In fact, many children's literature historians consider Millions of Cats to be the origin of the modern picture book. The Caldecott Medal was created in the late 1930's, in part to recognize books such as this.
    A couple of reviewers did not like it because the million cats eat each other in a battle over who is the prettiest and because it raised too many questions about why all the cats were fighting and what happened to the other cats. Actually, the old man and woman just assumed that the cats must have eaten each other. They could have fought and then just run away. On the other hand, most people who have reviewed the book said that they enjoyed it. Other books by Gag include The ABC Bunny, also a Newbery Honor winner (1934); The Funny Thing; Gone Is Gone: or the Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework; and Snippy And Snappy. For those who are interested in further information, there is also a biography, Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw, by Deborah Kogan Ray.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Another Favorite Classic!

    Cats here, cats there, Cats and kittens everywhere, Hundreds of cats, Thousands of cats, Millions and billions and trillions of cats . . . A great repetitive book for early language development. A favorite for its unique illustrations and fun story line with all those cats!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this book when I read it in second grade, and I still do. Memorable, cute and sweet, this book is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Millions of Cats

    Newbery and Traditional, Are you a cat lover? This may be the book for you. An old man and woman are lonely, so the woman says she wants a cat. The man goes out to find her a cat and finds ¿hundreds of cat, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats¿ on a mountain. He can't decide which one he likes most, so he takes them all home to his wife. The woman says they cannot take care of all the cats, so they must pick one. They asked the cats which one is the prettiest and the cats all fight with each other. Want to know what happened at the end of the fight? Please read this book. Wanda Gag was born March 11, 1893, to Anton Gag and his wife, Lissi, in New Ulm. She was the first of their seven children. Following the death of her parents, Wanda was required to provide for her siblings. She ultimately wrote and illustrated Millions of Cats. Bibliography Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Reader, 1928.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    cute story

    I don't agree with the last review that it teaches kids that it you are only wanted if you are pretty. Afterall it is the scraggly cat that they keep that becomes the prettiest cat to them. It is one of my son's favorites and it has a cute, sing-songy element to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    A Childhood Favorite

    This book deserves more than 5 stars. The verses and illustrations are humourously charming, as we journey with a man who searches for the perfect gift for his wife. It is the humble, unassuming underdog (or under'cat') who turns out to be the perfect gift -- especially after it is cared for and loved. I checked this book out 43 years ago, & it became my favorite book of all time! Wanda Ga'g's illustrations even influenced my childhood crayon drawings -- such as drawing curved rooflines, instead of straight ones. Later in life I bought this book for my own 4 children. That book got loved to pieces (literally), so now I'm ordering another one to read to my grandbaby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    Not a good message for children

    As a 'cat person', I purchased this book for my neice prior to reading it. After reading it, I tossed it in the garbage. It teaches that you are not wanted unless you are pretty.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    A plan gone wrong.

    A very old man and woman wanted to get one cat. There were too many cats. When he told them to choose the prettiest cat, they all started fighting until only one was left. They gave this cat a home. I think this book is good for other people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    Millions of Cats

    Excallent book! A comical, rhyming story fit for any cat lover! A classic book every child should read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    I loved this!

    I remember reading this when I was little! It was my favorite book! I loved cats and this book was right up my alley.

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