Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gág

With this book, the selection committee from the 1920s has completely redeemed itself. It was such a welcome change to find a picture book on the list, and such a charming one, at that!

A very old man and a very old woman live together in their home, but are lonely with no other company. The very old woman wishes for a cat, and her obliging very old husband sets out to find her one. After a long journey, he finds a hill where there are millions of cats. He tries to select the prettiest, but every time he finds another that seems just as pretty, until he has to just give up and bring the whole lot home.

The very old woman, very practical, insists that they only need one, because millions would eat them out of house and home. But how are they to choose just one from millions?

Very fun and very brief. This would be a great book for a beginning reader.

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