Millions of Cats (Gift Edition)

Millions of Cats (Gift Edition)

by Wanda Gag

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Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this collector's edition—featuring a heavy interior stock, spot gloss and embossing on the cover, and a thread-sewn binding—will bring this beloved tale to a whole new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407080
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/05/2006
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Edition description: Gift Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 47,752
Product dimensions: 7.19(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Wanda Gág (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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Millions of Cats 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Often credited as the first American picture book, this one is a winner!
caitsm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very old man and a very old woman live together, but are very lonely. They decide they want a cat to keep them company so the man sets off to go find one. He comes to a hill with millions of cats and cannot decide which one is the prettiest cat so he brings them all home! Read more to find out the trouble that can cause the couple!
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Millions of Cats is a delightful story of a very old man and woman who are in search of a ¿sweet little fluffy cat¿ and find themselves in a furry predicament when they have to chose which feline to keep. Not knowing how to decide, the couple leaves the decision up to the cats. The outcome is a quarrel and a homely kitten that makes for their perfect pet. Gág writes in such a way, that the story flows with rhythm and rhyme, by using repeated lines, such as ¿Hundreds of cats, Thousands of cats, Million and billions and trillions of cats.¿ The black and white illustrations capture the key events of the story, making them able to stand-alone. The universal theme of companionship is appealing to most readers. This book is perfect for a child¿s bedtime story or a whole group read aloud. It¿s no wonder that Wanda Gág is considered to be an inspiration for many children authors. Her story Millions of Cats, stirred all the warm fuzzes inside the animal lover in me, reminding me of all the ways that I have wound up bringing home more than one animal.Age Appropriate: 3 to 8 years oldGág, W. (1928). Millions of cats. New York: Coward-McCann. Another book from this decade is listed below: Milne, A. A. (1926). Winnie-the-Pooh. New York: Dutton Children¿s Books.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A favorite of my husband when he was young. Sweet illustrations, a story of cats and how they can get out of hand.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4 years old to 7. Winner of a Newbery Honor and distinguished as the first modern American picture book, Wanda Gag's Millions of Cats from 1928 still delights today. In it a peasant man sets off to find a cat for his wife, but when he cannot decide which cat is the prettiest, he brings back millions instead. The old man asks the cats which one of them is the prettiest, but this produces a quarrel and the cats eat each other up until there is only one scraggly cat left. Then the old couple gives it so much care that it becomes beautiful. So Gag provides a moral that children can understand, that there doesn't need to be a competition because love and care will make one beautiful. She pairs this with black and white illustrations that cleverly use perspective to show movement and travel. In 1928, Gag had only had two colors available for the cover illustration, black and red, and only black for the inside illustrations. But by spreading her illustrations over two pages and using scale to make hills and clouds closer or farther away, the reader really gets a sense of movement through the story and is brought more deeply in. This book is still highly recommended for public library collections. Pivotal and influential in its time, Millions of Cats feels like a modern tale.
JusticeEvans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very old man sets of to find a cat for a pet for the very old woman. He comes to a land of millions of cats. Unable to choose, he returns with all of them. The couple decide to allow the cats to choose who will stay. A huge quarrel erupts. Eventually, only one cat remains; it becomes the beloved pet of the very old couple.An old book, from 1928, this makes for a great read aloud. It is a wonderful way to demonstrate what picture books of old looked like and what their stories were like. The language dates the story, which is a great experience for modern children.
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lonely elderly couple who decide to get a cat and get more than they bargained for. Very stimulating illustration.
fonsecaelib530A on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gág, W. (1956). Millions of cats. New York: G. P. Putman¿s Sons. (Original work published 1928).Age: 3 to 6 years oldA very old couple lives in a nice clean house surrounded by flowers, but they cannot be happy because they feel very lonely. The old woman decides that a cat is the solution to their loneliness. The old man then leaves home in search of one cat but ends up finding a million. Unable to choose, he brings all cats home. His wife realizes they cannot feed all of them and asks the cats to select the prettiest of them all. The cats, prompted by vanity, cannot decide, and a big fight ensues. The couple hides in the house until all the noise stops. When they come out, all the cats have disappeared¿they ate each other¿with the exception of one, the only cat that did not think itself too pretty to get in the fight. The couple adopts the cat, cares for it, until it becomes the prettiest of all cats. The hand-lettered text and the illustrations work in perfect harmony, with the pictures adding vivid details to the simplicity of the text. The setting presented in the illustrations spills from one page to the next, giving the story continuity. The characters, even though not thoroughly developed, ring true to the reader, and their loneliness makes them more human. The gruesome end of the cats teaches the reader to avoid vanity. There is no happy ending for those who think too much of themselves; the homely kitty¿s humble opinion of itself saves its life and brings rewards. Children delight in the rhyming patterns, the beautiful illustrations, and the happy ending. Teachers read the book aloud as they share Gás¿ beautiful art with the students. Millions of Cats is a 1929 Newbury Honor book and the oldest American picture book in print.Milne, A. A., & Shepard, E. H. (1992). Winnie the Pooh. New York, NY: Puffin Books. (Original work published 1926).
smaashthemac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun picture book that my boyfriend recommended to me because I love cats so much. A lonely couple wants a cat, and somehow instead amass millions of them, and then struggle with how to feed and love all of them. In the end, they wind up with a perfect cat who isn't the most beautiful, but they love him very much just the same. I didn't really like the illustrations at all, but I did like the story.
jakdomin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Millions of Cats is definitely one of my favorite picture storybooks. Although it is in all black and white the clever and catchy rhymes keep you reading without thought. The story of these millions and trillions of cats ends on a rather somber note but teaches the lesson of why you shouldn¿t brag. The immensity of the amount of cats the main character had collected is outrageous which makes the book so enjoyable.
curiousbutterpants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of those quaint little books that begins with "Once upon a time," and not in any skewering kind of way, "Millions of Cats" may not be new (by any stretch of the imagination), but it bears this delightful charm about it.A whimsical story about a man, his wife, and a lot of cats, it's really a quietly delightful story that's so obviously being told from the "Now listen, children, and watch for the moral" perspective of children's literature of old that your heart skips a beat in joy when you discover it's actually quite clever.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Traditional tale in which an old woman sends her old husband out to find her a cat. Cute, simple, good read-aloud.
candicebairn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids today might not like this book becuase it is in black and white, they might find it boring.
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This charming book was written in 1928 and has delighted people ever since. Captain Kangaroo first read it to me sometime in the early 1950s and I credit it with my lifelong love of cats, ( I don't have millions but I do have three!) Wanda Gag's truly unique illustrations capture the surprising situation that arises when a very old man and a very old woman realize they can't be happy because they are lonely. The very old woman wishes for a cat and her loving husband sets off to oblige her. Something of a CATastrophe ensues! The story delivers a sweet message and is sure to become a lifelong favorite for you as it has for me. Please don't miss it!
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.
Pearll More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.