Minnesota Historical Society

Millions of Cats

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Wanda Gág'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.

Wanda Gag was the oldest of seven children; her father and her maternal grandparents had immigrated from Bohemia. When she was fifteen, her father, Anton (a local artist and photographer), died, leaving the family penniless. Wanda took writing and illustrating jobs to support her family. She sold many illustrations to the Minneapolis Journal's Journal Junior a Sunday supplement section of the newspaper for juveniles. She won awards and an art scholarship. She attended the St. Paul School of Art (1913-14) and Minneapolis School of Art (1914-17) and received a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City (1917-18). She contributed illustrations to the socialist magazines The Liberator and New Masses. A successful show at the Weyhe Gallery in New York in 1926 and publication in 1928 of her well-known and prototypical children's book Millions of Cats enabled her to give up work as a commercial artist and move to rural New Jersey, where she continued to produce drawings, lithographs, and children's books until her death in 1946. Her artwork is in a number of major museum collections.


  • By: Wanda Gag
  • Format: Paperback, 30 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Puffin
  • Product ##: 978-0142407080


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