Millions of Cats

  • Title: Millions of Cats
  • Author: Wanda Ga’g
  • Illustrator: Wanda Ga’g
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 1928
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“This is a classic story about a gentle old man who looks for one cat for his lonely wife, and returns with ‘millions and billions and trillions of cats.'”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Due to the age of this book (although Wanda Ga’g’s website says this book has never been out of print), I do not know if this would even be in circulation at a school library. I suppose it would once again depend on the school’s weeding policy, but perhaps for small school libraries this might still be on the shelf. I did find another great discussion guide on The Prindle Institute for Ethics discussing the nature of beauty and happiness that perhaps could be used for a librarian and or teacher.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The beautiful black and white line drawings resemble almost Old-Country folkloric illustrations, which I found interesting. I was eager to find and read this book after our many discussions about it, as I never read this book in my childhood. There is a also a sense of the absurd with of course the amount of cats, and that the cats can talk. I think this book is also great with the repeating phrases that a young child could easily pick up on and repeat back or with the reader.

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