You don't have to like cats in order to love this Newbery Honor Book. When a kindly old man sets out to bring his wife a cat, he doesn't find any cats. . . until he comes to a hill with hundreds of cats. Thousands of cats. Millions and Billions and TRILLIONS of cats! And of course, how can he pick out just one? Once at home, however, the cats have a brutal battling to decide who gets to stay.
Wanda Gg's enchanting tale of the very old man who went off in search of the prettiest cat in the world for his wife and returned instead with millions to choose from has become an American classic, widely recognized as the first modern picture book. First published in 1928, it was a recipient of the 1929 Newbery Honor Book Award and has gone on to sell over a million copies. With its charming illustrations and rhythmic, singsong refrain, Millions of Cats remains as beloved today as it was when it first appeared three-quarters of a century ago.
Wanda Gg (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.
"This Newbery Honor winner is distinguished by innovative design and a strong storyteller's cadence." (School Library Journal's "One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century")
"A perennial favorite." (The New York Times)
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