Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean. HarperCollins (March 2010); ISBN 9780061906237; 40 pagesI'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.
(Book Source: Review copy from publisher)
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!
Pete the Cat Shoe Coloring Page [pdf]
Pin the Shoe on Pete Printable [pdf]
Pete the Cat Find a Match Game [pdf]
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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