Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Book Review and Craft

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean. HarperCollins (March 2010); ISBN 9780061906237; 40 pages
(Book Source: Review copy from publisher)
I'm not sure what our cat would do if we tried to put shoes on his feet, but I bet he wouldn't appreciate it one bit. However, a blue cat named Pete, in the book titled Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, doesn't have a problem with shoes and wears his styling white pair everywhere. While he walks, he sings this song, "I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes." His song and shoe color changes along the way as he walks through various colored piles of strawberries, blueberries, mud and even a puddle of water. Does he get worried? "Goodness, no!" He just keeps walking along, singing his song.

This singable and groovy picture book is by an interesting author and illustrator pairing. Eric Litwin, a songwriter, approached artist James Dean about his blue cat paintings and decided to write a song and book about the cat. The pair first self-published the book, and HarperCollins eventually snatched it up. You can read more about the inspiration behind Pete the Cat and his shoe story here. Inside the book is a card that lists a website where you can listen to the song for free. My kids both enjoy singing the cute and easy to remember song along with me as we read the book together. There's plenty of repetition, the book teaches color recognition and it even has a moral of sorts--keep going no matter what happens because it's all good.

The book reminds me a little bit of one of my favorite stories from childhood, Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham. Storyline Online has videos of stars reading popular picture books. Recently they added an awesome video of Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog. If you've never been there, it is worth a visit!

Related Links:
Pete the Cat Shoe Coloring Page [pdf]
Pin the Shoe on Pete Printable [pdf]
Pete the Cat Find a Match Game [pdf]

❖❖❖❖❖❖ stART Project - Pete the Cat Dry Erase Cutouts ❖❖❖❖❖❖

The book is all about Pete's shoes getting dirty and changing color, so I decided to try and help the kids recreate the story by making some Pete the Cat cutouts covered in contact paper.

The kids used dry erase markers to color Pete's shoes in any color they wanted.

When they wanted to change the colors of the shoes, they just used a paper towel to erase the marker.

We even had our Pete the Cat pictures walk through some blackberry jelly (I didn't have strawberry). Pretty cool!

Jenny Matlock

A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well. This week's Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny Matlock focuses on the letter "S" so we've linked up our Shoe book review with the groovy Song and hope you enjoy our Shoe craft and don't forget to check out Storyline Online!

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Jenny said...

Cute activity - looks like a cute book. I just showed one of my kids storyline online, and he loooves it. He just asked if he could eat his supper in front of the computer. Thanks for the idea.

Christy said...

We have never read this book. I'm definitely going to look for it. I think my kids will have fun with it. It reminds me of Dog's Colorful Day - my kids had a lot of fun with that one.

Super cute project!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We did two the same memes. I love the cat on a walk. JDaniel loves to do this too.

Anonymous said...

Very cute project and it looks like a fun book. When I was little, our cat would occasionally become part of our "dress up party" and it would just fall over if you put socks on it. It loved being with us despite probably not enjoying the socks.

Viki said...

Sounds like a great book and cute activity to go along with it.

Raising a Happy Child said...

What an interesting twist on the color book - I liked your project to go with it a lot.

Amy said...

Well, this book certainly gives hope to those self-published authors out there, huh? It looks like tons of fun! Super cute project, too!

Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!

Natasha said...

My kids grew up with Harry!

What a fabulous link to the Story online site. I have never seen that-thank you!

Best wishes and happy weekend,

Clueless_Mama said...

Have not seen this book, it looks really cute!! We loved the youtube video! Very cute!!

Anonymous said...

ooh, lovely that you have the song and the story time for both books!

Have been meaning to get Harry The Dirty dog for ages! Thanks for te reminder! Def a childhood favourite!

Love the cat "and playing with the cat"!!


H said...

What a great idea to use acetate to change the shoe colours :)

Jenny said...

What a clever book and what a charming link to Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "S"!

Sometimes you have to wonder how authors think up these things! I remember when 10 Little Lady Bugs and the Hungry Caterpillar were cutting edge!

I enjoyed my stop here today and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy you participating in this meme!


Terra said...

You do the greatest things with books and reviews! I hope you will come back and link up again this week!