Millions of Cats: Wanda Gag

Millions of Cats

Author/Illustrator: Wanda Gag
Publisher: Coward-McCann
Publication Year: 1928
Brief Summary: A very old man sets out to find the perfect cat for him and his wife.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Review counting and number concept — how big is ten, hundred, thousand, million, etc.  What are different ways we can talk about numbers?
  • Have children draw and decorate their special cat — then have them put it on a poster/bulletin board with the rhyme.
  • Read an informational book about different cat breeds…what is the student’s favorite?  Make a chart to see if any one type of cat is the most popular.
  • What makes a perfect pet?  Are some more appropriate depending on the house you live in?  The kind of neighborhood?  Describe your perfect pet.
  • What do you need to do to take care of a pet?
  • Plan a field trip to an animal shelter.
  • Other lesson ideas can be found at http://minnesotahumanities.org/resources/MNMillionsofCats.pdf

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-self connections
  • Text-to-world connections
  • Social studies: taking care of pets
  • Science: study of cats/pets
  • Math – chart making; taking polls

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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