Millions of Cats
July 13, 2011
My favorite juvenile easy book is Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. When I was a kid, I probably checked it out once a month from the library. My family always had lots of outdoor cats that hung around our small town yard, probably because we threw the table scraps out and they knew they could get some good food. So, maybe that is why I loved the book so much. It was written in 1928 and is totally in black and white. I enjoy how the man and the woman loved the cats and took care of them. While awaiting my grandson’s birth, I went online and ordered a copy just to have at my house to read to him when he gets older.
According to Wikipedia; Millions of Cats is a picture book written and illustrated by Wanda Gág in 1928. The book won a Newbery Honor award in 1929, one of the few picture books to do so. Millions of Cats is the oldest American picture book still in print.  Wanda Gag pioneered the double-page spread in this book. "She used both pages to move the story forward, putting them together with art that sweeps across the entire page spread: her favorite illustration fell in the center of the book - with the old man carrying cats against the rolling hills. Each page contains a different layout: she alternated her broad vistas with intimate scenes, drawing the reader in." 
You can check out this and many other juvenile easy books at any Mid Continent Public Library branch. If it is not available at your branch, we will be happy to request it for you from another branch.