Millions of Cats

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Penguin Putnam Books, 1956 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Wanda G‡g'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, sing-song refrain, Millions of Cats remains as beloved today as it was when it first appeared three-quarters of a century ago.

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User Review  - fuzzi - LibraryThing

A plain but fun tale of a lonely couple who want a cat for company. The illustrations are in black and white, but charming, and the prose just rolls off the tongue: "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats"! Read full review

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User Review  - aharey - LibraryThing

This is a strange little book. I appreciate that it is the very first picture book, but I'm not sure that it merited a Newbery Honor (although I can see why it did, as the Caldecott did not exist at ... Read full review

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Wanda G‡g (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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