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At first, there are not two cats. There is only one. Alone. But he looks about him at all the animals, in pairs, together. And he gets moving.

With his extraordinary ear for the heart's language, Caldecott Honor captures the feeling of one cat yearning to find another in this adorable feline valentine. Moving along with the action at a rhythmic and musical clip, the pictures change colors to mark the different emotions. The story is simple, yet...

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Overview

At first, there are not two cats. There is only one. Alone. But he looks about him at all the animals, in pairs, together. And he gets moving.

With his extraordinary ear for the heart's language, Caldecott Honor captures the feeling of one cat yearning to find another in this adorable feline valentine. Moving along with the action at a rhythmic and musical clip, the pictures change colors to mark the different emotions. The story is simple, yet grand and children will delight when one succeeds in finding the other. Now in paperback!

Author Biography: Chris Raschka's picture books include Yo! Yes?, a Caldecott Honor Book; Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Mysterious Thelonious, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; Can't Sleep; The Blushful Hippopotamus; Elizabeth Imagined an Iceberg; Arlene Sardine; and a version of the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts. He lives in New York City with his wife and their young son.

Two cats fall in love in a rose garden.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This pert and pithy picture book has strong visual echoes of Raschka's Yo! Yes? down to the bright yellow dust jacket. But if the thematic territory of loneliness and friendship is familiar, the development and spirit here are fresh. As a solo white cat watches the animal world pair off ("Two by two,/ he and she,/ curly and/ straight, fancy/ and plain/ ...go"), he droops in dejection, eyes closed, head and ears down, with only the departing animals' tails in his view ("Unlike the rest. Unlucky, alone"). But then he sets off to see what the wide world has to offer. Raschka's characteristically lean text is a marvel of lyrical vigor, charting the feline's travels with a playful and poetic assortment of rhymes, homonyms, alliteration and imagery--from "rows and rows of roses" to "flowers and fliers" in a spread with butterflies whose wings seem to be composed of the petals of the blossoms they hover above. Raschka amplifies the hero's moods in his use of background color: dull brown and stark white when the cat is feeling forlorn, contrasted with the more resonant yellows, blues, oranges and greens of his journey and a climactic heartwarming blast of pink when he finally finds a soulmate. Raschka's newest offering is an eminently satisfying tale of love (or in this case, like) sought and found. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is not fun being alone and white cat's expressive face and posture show his dejection. He searches high and low until he spies another cat, and happily they become a pair. No longer alone, he and she frolic in the roses--all smiles on a sunny yellow page. The deceptively simple illustrations tell the story in concert with the spare text. It is a book that will resonate with kids and adults, and anyone who has ever felt alone.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In Yo! Yes? (Orchard, 1993), Raschka told a hip story of blossoming friendship in spare and sweet prose. Like pushes the visual and literary elements further; it is a love story, a tale of a lonely cat who notices the world in twos and yearns to be part of it...until a like-minded feline comes on the scene. Text and art blend effortlessly in their seeming simplicity. With a few bold strokes of oil pastels and watercolor, Raschka conveys here the sadness, there the rapture in the cat's face and posture. Likewise, he works his words for maximum affect. Children will delight in the sounds at the end, where he plays with the multiple meanings of the word "like" and shows the pair romping through "rows and rows of roses." Even the font can't sit still by this point. A fresh choice for a Valentine's storytime, perfect for pairing with Noah variants, and just right for snuggled sharing.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Kirkus Reviews
A vibrant and delightful picture book about a little white cat who sees all sorts of other animals in pairs, who are obviously happy to be so paired off. But the cat is alone and "unlike the rest. Unlucky, alone." He finds himself in a rose garden where there are roses, the sea, flowers, birds and bees ("fliers"), trees, the sky, grass, and all manner of nature's beauty. He sees another cat and feels so happy as they run through the roses together ("Not alone now"). This is an upbeat book about the happiness a soul mate can bring—a little more emotional than Yo? Yes! but just as exuberant. The divine illustrations reflect the pleasure and joy of companionship, no matter where it's found. (Picture book. 4-8) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789425645
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Raschka was born in Huntington, Pennsylvania on March 6th, 1959. He grew up speaking both English and German with his parents, his brother Paul and his sister Renate. Writer, artist and musician, Chris Raschka combines his three great passions to create original and daring picture books for young children. Chris Raschka's picture books include Yo! Yes?, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1994, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Mysterious Thelonious, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Can't Sleep; The Blushful Hippopotamus; Elizabeth Imagined an Iceberg; Arlene Sardine; and a version of the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts. He has also illustrated the latest 'found' Margaret Wise Brown title Another Important Book, and Happy to Be Nappy a first children's book for bell hooks. His latest book for DK Ink is Like Likes Like which The New York Times describes as having "Exuberant illustrations [which] enlarge a simple but eloquent text". Chris lives in New York City with his wife and their young son.
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