Amy Forrester's Reviews > Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
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Aug 17, 2012

it was amazing

Pete the Cat loves his white shoes. He loves them so much he sings about them as he walks down the street. Unfortunately, he steps in a big pile of strawberries (don’t ask why), which turn his beautiful white shoes red!

“Did Pete cry?
Goodness, no!
He kept walking along and singing his song.”

Pete’s shoes continue to change colors as he walks down the street through piles of blueberries and puddles of mud. Finally, Pete walks right into a bucket of water and sings about his wet shoes, which are now white again.

The text of the book swings along to a rocking beat with a repetitive chorus, which makes this book wonderful for reading aloud. Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) regularly performs for children and you can feel that sensibility in the text. Dean’s illustrations feature bright colors and bold, thick brush strokes. Pete the Cat is deadpan fellow, who sports the same soulful gaze no manner what. Pete isn’t your average cat; for starters, he wears sneakers. He also drinks coffee and plays the electric guitar and banjo. The book ends with the moral, “No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song…because it’s all good.” Kids may not completely understand that idea, but the spirit of Pete’s coolness will give them a good basis for the concept later on.

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