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One Moon, Two Cats

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  31 reviews
One moon.
Two cats
are not asleep.

Across a great distance, but under the light of the same moon, a city cat and a country cat pounce and play, crouch and leap in a rollicking nighttime adventure. When morning comes, they are both back in their respective homes and finally, turn in to sleep.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Miriam
The sweet cover led me to expect that this little book involved kitty friendship. Not so! The two cats live far apart, one in the city and one in the country, and never meet, although they do chase mice on the same night. And get rained on. And nap. Um, okay. What are you getting at, Ms. Godwin? That cats are the same all over? I feel like something is missing here.

Cute but slight.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This simple story describes the night lives of two cats, one in the country and one in the city. Even though they live in different types of places, their lives and activities are very similar. I love the illustrations by Yoko Tanaka, especially at the end, where you see two cats asleep on their respective owners' beds, then turn the page to find two smaller illustrations of the mice they were chasing in the night safely sleeping too. Very cute, and a great readaloud for pre-schoolers. Recommend ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I received this book unsolicited and don't have young children any more but have read this Canadian author before and personally enjoy a good picture book.

This is a bedtime story, showing the nighttime frolics of two cats while their respective child owners sleep. It is also a variant on the city vs country lifestyles as one lives in the city and one in the country. The paintings by Tanaka are beautiful, realistic and yet full of a dreamtime quality. The cat's eyes have a sle
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Barbara
Two cats, one in the city and one in the country, wait until their human companions are asleep before beginning their own adventures. As both felines slip from their homes, they stroll casually through the outdoors until something catches their attention. Then, each cat is off, trying to catch a mouse. Just when the demise of a mouse seems imminent, a storm sends the cats and mice scurrying for cover. Reaching home, they fall asleep in their respective beds, leaving their human bedmates unaware ...more
Melissa
Some really nice moments--I love the spread of the bridge, with the two small cats almost meeting--but felt that different choices could have been made with the illustrations and text so they could have supported each other & the story a little more clearly.
Elisabeth
Read this a few times. Enjoying it more with each reading. Illustrations a little too dark and too detailed (and the details really enhance the story) to be super great choice for storytime.

Samantha
Rhythmic and simple with darker illustrations (color palette, not tone). Fun read aloud that would be a nice addition/refresher in a cat storytime.
Kristin
Story of two cats and their nightly adventures. Lots of action words. Good story for 3-year-olds or to act out if you adapt it.
Mickey
Beautifully illustrated children's book about a country cat and a city cat, and their experinces under one night's moon.
ReadingWench
Soft and pretty illustraions accompany this fun book about cats and what they do.
Sarah Sammis
One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin is about two cats living very different lives but having similar adventures under the light of a full moon.

Thematically the book is akin to the Country Mouse, City Mouse parable. Here too there's a country cat and a city cat. But they don't meet and they don't comment on each other's lifestyle. Instead, the country and the city provide landscapes for their nocturnal explorations.

The one moon provides a point of similarity from which Godwin, paired with Yoko Tan
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Kaethe
February 15, 2012

I'm very happy with my impulse to check this out. Totally adorable. City cat and country cat both sneak out of their kids' bedrooms to chase mice at night. The art is gorgeous, making a good foil for the very simple rhyming text.

Library copy.
Leanne
Of course a book about cats would catch my eye when I'm the evening children's librarian. Beautiful illustrations accompany a story about two cats who are doing everything by moonlight but sleeping.
Vilo
Day and night, country and city, two cats doing what cats do at night--and in the morning. Beautiful illustrations with lots of details for children (and adult readers!) to explore.
Elaine
A simple and cute story about what cats do under the moon while people are asleep. The words and sentence structure are very simple and leaves a lot of room for creativity when reading aloud. I really enjoyed the illustrations which is nice change from the usual cute and cuddly pictures aimed at young children. The kids enjoyed the story during storytime and brought about a good discussion and activity sessions about what the cats did during this time.
Destiny Dawn Long
I was drawn to this book because of the beautiful illustrations. They're dark, detailed, textured and gorgeous. They really capture the feel of nighttime prowling.

And the story is great to read to a toddler. There's never too much text on a page. There is fun word play. It's easy to follow the action. And it features a wonderful variety of action words, to help children expand their vocabulary.
Allison
I was drawn to this book by the lovely illustration on the cover. It has a cute story about the nocturnal activities of a city cat and a country cat, but the high point of the book is its great illustrations by Yoko Tanaka; very soft and muted.
Megan
May 09, 2012 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool-1st grade, and all cat lovers
Although one cat lives in the city and one cat lives in the country, the same moon shines on them both, and they both enjoy chasing mice at night. Gorgeous illustrations.
Nicole
Sweet cat-themed book. The text is more like a series of rhyming phrases...but in the best way. The illustrations almost have a dream-like quality to them (very nice).
Bee
The yin yang cat cover caught my eye immediately. While their owners are dreaming in bed, two cats are leading the night life instead.
Kelly
Cute story with fun illustrations that were easy to use for storytime. Although my WHOLE audience was dog people.
Prplpckl
Great story for families with cats with many actions words to make story-telling fun.
Jennifer
Fun, sleepy, and lovely. I liked looking for the cats. And their reactions to the storm.
Peacegal
It was cute, but not quite as cute and creative as the cover seemed to indicate...
Edward Sullivan
I like the text and the illustrations for the most part, but not cat's eyes.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Tanaka's illustrations are lovely and bring the story to the next level.
Jennifer Kaap
Sweet illustrations. Storytime potential.
Linda Atkinson
Toddler friendly and wonderfully illustrated!
John
Sep 03, 2011 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: cats
Yoko Tanaka illustrated The Magician's Elephant.
Janet
Excellent cat book for the tods!
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Laura Godwin grew up in Alberta, Canada. She has written many well-loved books for children, including Barnyard Prayers, Little White Dog, Happy & Honey, and co-authored The Doll People, The Meanest Doll in the World, and The Runaway Dolls. She lives in New York City.
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