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In cut-paper artist Nikki McClureand#8217;s latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers and#147;how to be a catand#8221;and#151;how to stretch, clean, pounce, feastand#151;while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kittenand#8217;s attempts to imitate an adult catand#8217;s mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound.

A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the sometimes tender, sometimes stern relationship between parent and child, teacher and pupil. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship.

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"Purrrrfect for beginning readers and little artists with an eye for fine cut-paper compositions and craftsmanship."

and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A delightful picture book in every way. Beginning with the paw-print endpapers, youngsters will know that they are in for an adventure. The simplicity and flow of page design are beautifully done as viewers follow a kitten and his mother as she teaches him basic feline behavior."

and#151;School Library Journal, starred review

"McClure's cut-paper spreads can be mesmerizing."

and#151;Publishers Weekly

"McClure wonderfully captures the shape and movement of the feline form, and kids will also enjoy pointing out the blue and white butterflies and the black-capped chickadee that also appear on several pages."

and#151;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Perfect for cat lovers of all ages, the book helps us reconnect with memories of our own jouney of growth and learning."

and#151;Cat Fancy

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Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this collector's edition—featuring a heavy interior stock, spot gloss and embossing on the cover, and a thread-sewn binding—will bring this beloved tale to a whole new generation of readers.

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'Wanda Gg\'s enchanting tale of the very old man who went off in search of the prettiest cat in the world for his wife and returned instead with millions to choose from has become an American classic, widely recognized as the first modern picture book. First published in 1928, it was a recipient of the 1929 Newbery Honor Book Award and has gone on to sell over a million copies. With its charming illustrations and rhythmic, sing-song refrain, Millions of Cats remains as beloved today as it was when it first appeared three-quarters of a century ago.'

About the Author

Nikki McClure is a self-taught cut-paper artist known for her calendar and gift line. She is the author and illustrator of Collect Raindrops; Mama, Is It Summer Yet?; To Market, to Market; and Apple, and the illustrator of All in a Day, written by Cynthia Rylant. She lives in Olympia, Washington. Visit nikkimcclure.com.

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Home School Book Review, July 13, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Once upon a time there was a very old man and a very old woman who were unhappy because they were very lonely. The old woman decided that they needed a cat, so the old man set out to find one. Finally, he came to a hill which was covered with “Cats here, cats there, cats and kittens everywhere, hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats.” He never could decide which one to choose, so he brought them all home. However, the old woman knew that they could never feed them all, so they determine to keep only the prettiest one. But how will they decide which one is prettiest? And what will happen to all the others?
This enchanting tale was a recipient of the 1929 Newbery Honor Book Award. It has been said that it is a wonderful story of vanity versus humility. Gag's simple yet appealing black ink drawings are perfect illustrations of the plot and are able to capture the idea of millions of cats on a single page. We are a cat-loving family, and our experience confirms the nature of cats as described by Gag. By modern standards, it is basically a picture book. In fact, many children's literature historians consider Millions of Cats to be the origin of the modern picture book. The Caldecott Medal was created in the late 1930's, in part to recognize books such as this.
A couple of reviewers did not like it because the million cats eat each other in a battle over who is the prettiest and because it raised too many questions about why all the cats were fighting and what happened to the other cats. Actually, the old man and woman just assumed that the cats must have eaten each other. They could have fought and then just run away. On the other hand, most people who have reviewed the book said that they enjoyed it. Other books by Gag include The ABC Bunny, also a Newbery Honor winner (1934); The Funny Thing; Gone Is Gone: or the Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework; and Snippy And Snappy. For those who are interested in further information, there is also a biography, Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw, by Deborah Kogan Ray.
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lbelle1618, November 23, 2010 (view all comments by lbelle1618)
When I was a little girl I couldn't go to sleep unless my older sister read me this book every night. If she complained I would tell on her....I never tired of the book and have been looking for it off and on these many years.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142407080
Author:
Gag, Wanda
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Author:
McClure, Nikki
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Animals - Pets
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Literature / Classics
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover, Jacketed, Picture, Sewn
Series:
Picture Puffin Books
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from P up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.25 x 10.5 x 0.38 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this collector's edition—featuring a heavy interior stock, spot gloss and embossing on the cover, and a thread-sewn binding—will bring this beloved tale to a whole new generation of readers.
"Synopsis" by , 'Wanda Gg\'s enchanting tale of the very old man who went off in search of the prettiest cat in the world for his wife and returned instead with millions to choose from has become an American classic, widely recognized as the first modern picture book. First published in 1928, it was a recipient of the 1929 Newbery Honor Book Award and has gone on to sell over a million copies. With its charming illustrations and rhythmic, sing-song refrain, Millions of Cats remains as beloved today as it was when it first appeared three-quarters of a century ago.'
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