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A timeless classic narrated in warm and friendly tones by Bruce Bayley Johnson. A very old couple decide to get a feline friend for companionship, but when the old man finds a hill covered in "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats", he can't help taking them all home. Unfortunately, the cats "eat each other up" when asked who is prettiest, and the only one left is a scrawny kitten who hid because she didn't think she was in the running. Given the right kind of love and nourishment, she blooms into a beauty. This is a sweet story, and children will love repeating the "millions of cats" refrain.

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Nearly a useless cast-off, Mike Mulligan's steam shovel finds an exciting job to do and endears itself again to the citizens of Popperville.
©1956 Robert Janssen (P)1956 Weston Woods

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Slideshow is a cool feature

Classic book, good narration and unobtrusive sound effects. The slide show of illustrations from the book was a nice surprise. I wish all kids books came with them.

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Excellent production and classic story!

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The Weston Woods productions for young children are wonderful! Please add more of these and similar productions by Scholastic, etc. (classic picture books with narration) to Audible catalog.

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🐱 Oldest Picture Book Still in Print 🐈 🐾

This book may not have been the first children’s picture book ever, but it’s the oldest still in print, and was one of the first to be awarded a Newbery Medal, in 1929. This version is terrific; the slide show, which is VERY well done, keeps our kindergartener entertained. The narrator is fine, and the background sound effects are not intrusive as in some other children’s books. It’s true that the illustrations are not full color, but they are the original 1928 illustrations, and pretty great for a book so old that the original text was hand-lettered by the author’s brother! Grade: A

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needs some improvement

pictures not entertaining enough for child story was good. can use a little color too

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