Thursday, June 14, 2012

Millions of Cats / by Wanda Gag

Once upon a time there lived an old man and an old woman who were lonely because they did not have any cats. So the old man decides to get a kitten for his wife and sets out on a journey to look for one. Unfortunately he encounters too many cats to choose from: “thousands and millions and billions and trillions of cats”, so now the couple has a hard time deciding which one they should keep. In the end, when the multitude of cats fights itself to death, the old couple is left with the most modest, humble and scrawny kitten. Millions of Cats is the classic cumulative story of humbleness and modesty that did not lose its appeal to young children as the times passed. The plot is very original and the author succeeds in building the excitement as the story progresses. The gruesome fate of cats is a difficult concept to grasp for very young children, therefore the book might be more suitable for preschoolers and even older children who are learning about food chain. Predictable repetition of collective numbers invites a child to participation. The illustrations of the book are black and white, and lines and curves are used by the illustrator to convey the feel of a great multitude and teach children about quantity concept. Not an appealing observation but on some pages cats look like rodents and the facial expression of an old man on some pages is frightening.
Ksenia R
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