February 2012
January 27, 2012

Check it out: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Source: NYSUT United
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

By Eric Litwin
Illustrated by James Dean

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

By Eric Litwin Illustrated by James Dean

Recommended by: Lisa Marinucci-Berner, library media specialist, South Colonie Teacher's Association.

Suitable for: Pre-K through Grade 2

Why I chose it: Pete the Cat is one cool cat. He doesn't let anything get him down! Pete 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.

What I like best: I love the great outlook Pete has about life ... even when things don't go his way. The free download and read-aloud of the song, www.harpercollinschildrens.com/feature/petethecat/, are a lot of fun, too.

How teachers can use this book: It's a great book for K-1 for character building. The story reinforces that whatever happens in life, you can rise above it. 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." Who couldn't use a little of Pete in their classroom for morale? Keep on singing, Pete.

About the author: Eric Litwin is a musician-turned-writer whose book about Pete the Cat made the New York Times best-seller list. Learn more at www.ericlitwin.com.

"Check it Out" features books recommended to teachers and parents by school librarians.

Have a recommendation? School librarians may send suggestions, along with your name and local union, to lfrenett@nysutmail.org.