Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (Pete the Cat)

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Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoe...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published March 1st 2010)
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Lisa
One of the best children's books. Period.
Trudi
The moral of Pete's story is: No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song....because it's all good.
I'm now convinced that Pete is a hippie, who spends the majority of his time high as a kite. He's just figured out another way of saying "Don't sweat the small stuff" but for the kiddies. Not as groovin' as His Four Groovy Buttons, but still a must for Pete the Cat fans.
Mari
I can't wait to use this book with a group of kids! It has a wide range of appeal (good for younger and older storytime groups) and has lots of opportunities for audience participation. You can sing with Pete, guess what color his shoes will turn based on what he steps in, and have the kids join in on the "goodness no!" refrain. What fun! You can even check the publisher's website to hear the story and find out how the author sings Pete's song.
Sarah
My latest storytime discovery combines my two loves: a positive attitude and, well, shoes. Pretty genius!

Meet this happy go-lucky cat out for a stroll in his brand new white shoes when he happens to step in a huge pile of strawberries! "What color did it turn his shoes?"

Shoe transformation occurs three more times with varying slants (and oddly enough, another mountain of fruit) but each time, "Did Pete cry?" "Goodness, no! He kept walking along and singing his song."

Pete's song, "I love my _____...more
Marya
Nov 14, 2010 Marya rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Hip Cats
Shelves: picture-books
If cool jazz wrote a children's book, this is it. Despite getting his brand new shoes in a variety of stain situations that would challenge a Tide commercial, Pete the Cat keeps "walking along and singing his song, because it's all good".
One reviewer felt that this book does not teach children appropriate problem solving skills. I disagree. I think chilling out is certainly something I want my child to learn. So your sippy cup doesn't get instantaneously refilled? So Mommy won't let you play wi...more
midnightfaerie
Pete the Cat books rock. Didn't know anything about them, until I saw a Pete the Cat class at my local library for my K-5 grade and signed him up. Then I checked out some of the books, to see if he'd like them. Not only did he love them, but my 2 yr old twins do as well. He's laid back, cool, and groovy with beautiful and colorful illustration. All three of my kids love finding the yellow bird that follows him around on every page. (Makes me think of my Richard Scary books I had as a kid where I...more
paula
Think of the blue dog - those stupid paintings from the Clinton era, which I think that guy is still doing - and then make them cool, not creepy, and of a self-assured cat rather than a freaked-out dog, and you have a starting point for visualizing the powder-coated apehanger-handlebar simple authentic genius of Pete The Cat.

DO I HYPERBOLIZE? NO I DO NOT.

Full review on Pink Me: http://pinkme.typepad.com/pink-me/201...
Tyler Jones
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Laura
“Keep walking along and
Singing your song…..”



Pete, Pete, Pete! Where have you been all my life?

Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat filled my heart with all sorts of happy with his cool, cool, jazzy, laid back ways. From the look on Pete’s face to the bright colorful pages, this book will make readers of all ages smile ear to ear!

Pure, simple, and brilliant!

I will follow you anywhere, Pete! & You too Mr. Litwin! :D


4/8/12
Erica
May 24, 2011 Erica rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who has a preschool-age child, storytime librarians
Recommended to Erica by: various librarians
What an absolutely fun book! I'd read it once before then I tried it out on a friend's 3 1/2-year-old this weekend and he loved it! We sang Pete's song and he was grooving to the beat. He loved telling us what color Pete's shoes were going to be next.

In three days between me, my husband and the kid's parents this book was read a total of about 9 times with 3 of those times being me.

Definitely a keeper!
Kate
Children will love this rhyming, Raffi-esque song-in-a-book. Particularly good for the younger set, who love repetition and audience participation, the only downside to this song is that everyone will be left singing, "I love my red shoes... I love my red shoes" for days! Great message, too.
Megan Bernhard
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is a story about Pete the Cat and his brand new white shoes. Along his walk Pete steps in strawberries, blueberries, and mud turning his new shoes different colors. Pete didn't let this stop him, he kept walking along until he stepped in a bucket of water and his shoes were white again. This story teaches the reader to not let anything hold you back and just keep walking. The text and illustrations go very well together in this story. The illustrations can aid...more
Chiix Moses
MY REVIEW
Since I first heard the story of Pete the Cat and his white shoes I have absolutely adored it. Without missing a beat, Pete the Cat teaches young children that no matter what happens, they just have to keep going. I can not imagine a better book to teach children about resilience than this one. Not only is this book filled with wonderful images, untouchable rhythm, and a wonderful message, it's also just a fun read! I think that, as teachers, we often can look too deep into stories and...more
Selma D
Pete the cat: I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin and Illustrated by James Dean
Published: 2008
Age range: 3- 6

Brief Synopsis:
Pete the cat is a vey cool, chilled out cat. He loves life and loves his shoes, even after they change colour after stepping in strawberries, Blueberries and Mud. This is a short picture, story book with a simple yet positive message; which is to see the benefits even from something that can be seen as negative because: “it’s all good”.

My Opinion:
This is a great exam...more
babyhippoface
Do not be fooled by the simplicity of this little picture book. As with Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, there is more here than meets the eye; there is genius in the pages.

Pete the Cat loves his new white shoes soooooo much that he sings a song about them: "I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes.... When he steps in a pile of strawberries that turn his white shoes red, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps walkin' along, singin' his song: "I love my red shoes, I love...more
Ellary
Some novels bring you to tears. Others make you laugh out loud. This particular story makes you dance, dance, dance. It's hard to tell if it's Pete's glass-is-half-full outlook on life or Mama's rendition of "I Love My White Shoes" to the tune of "La Cucaracha", but Pete's amusingly messy journey with his once-white shoes is a heartwarming story not to be missed (and one, I fear, is somewhat indicative of the fate which awaits a sneaker or two in my own future).
Jessi
I liked Pete. He seems pretty chill. The illustrations weren't my favorite, but that's fine. I did have one little problem, and I feel kind of dumb complaining about it, but here it goes. Pete steps in strawberries first. We turn the page and find that his white shoes are now red. That's cool. Then we read that he stepped in blueberries. We are supposed to guess what color his shoes turned. Silly me, I kind of assumed at this point that the book was about colors and how they are made. So I was k...more
Natalie
This is one of my favorite books to read aloud + sing along to, but I have a little problem with Pete's ethos and everytime I read Pete the Cat, I cringe a little and want to stop and voice my concerns about what Pete is saying. The trouble lies here with the repeated call and response, "Did Pete cry?" "Goodness no."

If something bums you out, then it's alright to cry . I grew up hearing that song and truly believing that "Crying gets the sad out of you".

So kids, when some blue cat says, "It's...more
Alma Hernandez
This is a great choice to start the school year off. This book cathches the children's attention because the teacher doesn't have to read it. The book has a catchy song that comes along with the book.All of the main colors are introduced in this book.
Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, fun type of guy. He is the # 1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books and the author of the new musical s...more
Laurie
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Sumayya
This book is fantastic for reception children. The story is about a cat who sets off on the streets with his new white shoes. Throughout his walk, his shoes turn from white to different colours. Pete the cat still continues to look cool and walk with his shoes in all these conditions.

I would recommend this book for children ages 3-5, as the book teaches children colours. Additionally, this book is fantastic for all children to join in, rehurse and encourages enthusiasm.


Melinda Garman
I think this is a great book for Pre-K to 1st grade. It not only reviews the colors, there is a message that you shouldn't get all bent out of shape, or like the saying, "Don't cry over spilt milk." Show your students both the book and the song. Sure to become a class favorite. This book would be good to read in a classroom that has ELL students because it is a fun way to review colors in English and also it is very brightly illustrated and visually appealing.
Ginna
Jun 25, 2013 Ginna added it
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A great book to use as a transition from one activity to another. You and your students can read the book while you move from the classroom to the playground. Try it, it will be fun!

If you are introducing this book for the first time to your classroom, take advantage of the patterns in the story to get the children involve. In the middle of the book, let them answer the questions and make predictions. This is a fun book!
Alesha
I have thoroughly enjoyed "walking along" with Pete and my Kindergarten this week. Kindergarteners love the call and response type interaction and singing along. We first read this book and Rocking in My School Shoes and then listened to the downloadable recordings. If the kids liked listening to me read, they LOVED the "Mr. Eric" versions!

I've been singing Pete's praises all week long!
Michele
A short story about Pete the Cat's shoes chaning color by his stepping in various piles of multi-colored objects. Great book for kindergartners. Cute and simple. A little sing-a-long song and a postive message. My kindergartners started singing along with out any instruction. Definitely not for most kids older than five however.
Terri
What fun for little ones! Pete's philosophy of life is worth remembering, and his song is "memory worm," you know... one of those little things that worms its way into your mind and pops up at the oddest moments! I've found myself singing, "I love my white (or whatever color) shoes..." time after time lately.
Sarah Erbes
a. author: Eric Litwin illustrator: James Dean
b. genre: Poem/Song
c. publication date: 2008
d. annotation:
-Pete the Cat is wearing his white shoes that he loves very much. As he keeps walking, he runs into strawberries, blueberries, mud, and water that changes the look of his shoes. However, this does not upset him.

-This story shows students acceptance and to not let something going wrong ruin your day. Pete the Cat has a positive attitude and has upbeat thoughts after each color change. It a...more
Jennifer Wiggins
One of the best picture books to read aloud to children. I love that it can be sung and it teaches children about how to turn something negative into something positive. I even like the fact that they came out the Pete the Cat doll. I would use this book for younger students and sequencing.
Julie
Jul 01, 2013 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
I can use this book to help children learn the colors with some activities such as making shoes that represent the color of the shoes mentioned in the book. It is very colorful, fun and interactive. Also, I think the repetition of the book is able to catch children's attention well.
Lakeira King
Jul 10, 2013 Lakeira King added it
Shelves: animals, art, fun
I really liked this book and the illustrations were great as well. This book really made think how hard it really is to keep white shoes clean! lol. While reading this book, after a few pages you can begin to have the children make predictions on what color the shoes are going to turn.
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