About the Story
Children love pets, so the classic book Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag is sure to become a favorite. The story is about an elderly couple that is lonely. The wife feels that if she had a cat, this would make her feel better. So, the elderly man went out in search of a cat for his wife.
He walked over hills and through valleys until he found a hill that had many cats living there. He picked up one cat that he thought would be perfect for his wife, but then there was another cute one, and another, and another, until the old man took home an enormous amount of cats.
The old woman was grateful, but told her husband they could only afford to keep one cat. They thought that the cats could decide who would be the one to stay with the couple, so the man said. “Which one of you is the prettiest?" This started a quarrel among the cats until they all were gone except one tiny kitten who knew he wasn’t the prettiest and hid in the tall grass. Even though this cat was tiny and scrawny, it was the prettiest cat of them all to the couple. And they lived happily ever after.
This book was written by Wanda Gag in 1928 and won a Newberry Honor. She also illustrated this book with black and white sketches. Today, it’s still an entertaining story for preschool children – perfect when teaching a theme about cats or pets.