Little Girl Reading

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (January 2005)

Millions of Cats is the only American picture book still in print for over 75 years. It tells the simple story of a lonely old man and a lonely old woman who want a kitten to love. The old man walks over hills and through valleys until "he came to a hill which was quite covered with cats." The lines that follow are ones children have recited for generations: "Cats here, cats there, cats and kittens everywhere. Hundreds of cats, Thousands of cats, Millions and billions and trillions of cats."

It was the editor Ernestine Evans who saw Gag's one woman show at the Weyhe Gallery in New York and set Gag's career as a children's book author and illustrator in full swing. In 1928 when the book was published, it was one of the first times that a picture book for children included a double-page spread; that is, a story that moves forward with a scene stretching across two pages.

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