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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.