Millions of Cats
Beauty and humility wrapped into a silly tale about an old couple that wants to find the most beautiful cat.
Wanda Gag’s Millions of Cats is the oldest American picture book still in print — and with good reason. Gag’s incredibly unique folk-art style, executed in fuzzy lithographic crayon, makes for a whimsical and ethereal children’s book. The story is of an old couple that sets out to find the most beautiful and perfect cat. When the old man goes to pick one out, however, he ends up bringing all of them home. His wife reminds him that they only have the resources for one cat; it is then up to the cats to decide which one of them is the most beautiful. The ending is sweet and sends a message about the power of inner beauty and humility.
Millions of Cats won the Newbery Honor Award in 1929.