Millions of Cats (Gift Edition) (Picture Puffin Books)

Wanda Gag
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.


Reviewed: 2019-11-30
Reviewed: 2019-02-06

The characters in this book are charming and offer a perspective that any child can understand. The plot is easy to follow. Young readers will be interested in the journey that the old man takes from beginning to end. Interesting questions can be brought up throughout a read-aloud to engage children further with the story. The setting should be familiar to children, as it is a similar setting to most stories that begin with "Once upon a time..." I think that a good conversation can come out of asking children about the themes in this book. It can be discussed how vanity can lead to dangerous outcomes, or how beauty can be created through nurturant care. The lyrical writing style lends well to a storytelling version of this book and the illustrations though nice, are not necessary. They have shown age where the writing has not. It would be a good activity to draw the kids into the story to have them make their own illustrations for the story and create a classroom book.

Reviewed: 2018-02-24
I have to admit I was not enthralled by this book. The pictures were charming and the story was okay. Cannot get past the aspect of cats eating cats. Not a favorite.
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