Wanda Gag turns 121

NEW ULM–March 11 marks the 121st birthday of illustrator, author and New Ulm native, Wanda Gag.

In honor of the event, the Wanda Gag House Association held a “Snippy and Snappy” Birthday Party on Saturday in the Brown County Historical Society Museum Annex.

Children and adults made their own mouse ears and mouse tail, while historian Lori Pickell-Stangel gave an enthusiastic reading of Gag’s book “Snippy and Snappy.” The children’s story tells the tale of brother and sister field mice and their adventures. After the reading, children took part in a sing-along and mouse-themed games. Naturally, the snack of choice at the mouse-themed party was cheese.

“Snippy and Snappy” is just one of Gag’s children’s book. Gag is best known for her book “Millions of Cats,” said to be the oldest American picture book still in print. The success of “Millions of Cats” allowed Gag the financial security to indulge her passion for art.

The Wanda Gag House Association is currently working to commission a live size sculpture of the artist in front of the Public Library.

The Wanda Gag House will open for tours again in May.

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