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Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School (My First I Can Read) Paperback – February 25, 2014
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What should I wear?” asks Pete, who wants to look cool. Everyone he asks suggests a different part of his wardrobe, from his mother’s favorite, “your yellow shirt,” to the school bus driver’s favorite, “your polka dot socks.” After trying on three shirts, he adds long pants, short pants, socks, boots, a striped tie, and a baseball hat. A double-page spread shows Pete wearing this assembled outfit and asks, “Does he look cool?” Kids will know the answer, and so does Pete, who changes into his favorite clothes and knows he looks cool. In both the bright images and simple words, Dean delivers the “be yourself” message with simplicity, economy, and humor. Beginning readers will find plenty to enjoy here, from the short words, brief sentences, and large type to the bold black lines, plaintive eyes, and vivid colors that define the distinctive forward-facing characters. An engaging and ultimately amusing book from the Pete the Cat series for beginning readers. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Pete the Cat can't decide what to wear to look cool at school. Pete learns it's not what you wear, but how you wear it that makes you cool.
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There is not another cat in the world who is as cool and groovy as Pete. With his calm, unruffled, and relaxed expression, you cannot help but laugh at him and his antics.
We purchased this book as a gift for our six year old grand girl, Paige. She loves Pete the Cat and now is also able to read some of the book herself or out loud to us. We cuddled up on a cold February afternoon and read this book together. That's what is nice about this book: a beginning reader can manage to read some if not all of the words -- it makes them proud that they are able to read and understand the written word!
Pete the Cat is not too excited about Valentine's Day but then decides it is the cool thing to do -- sending Valentines to friends. He also has a special friend, Callie, and they have fun together on Valentine's Day. Even though the theme of this book is totally February 14th, Valentine's Day, this book can be read and enjoyed every day of the year.
This book not only includes a great story line for the little ones in your life, along with adorable illustrations, but you will also receive STICKERS! a large and colorful WALL POSTER! and actual VALENTINES! you can either keep or give to your friends. Paige was just thrilled when we found these items included in this sweet book.
If you have kids in your life, these books are for you and yours. Pete the Cat never fails to make us laugh -- and I think he will accomplish that with you too.
And, Pete signs the boy's card "From Pete" while the girl's card is "Love, Pete." Because apparently boys can be respectful to each other with a polite platonic "from" but boys "love" girls and have to force big red hearts on them. It's especially disturbing because Pete's first card to a boy was a drawing of a big red heart, but he didn't like it.
This is not the messaging we want to give our children in 2018. Words have power, and insidious sexist messages like this need to be called out for what they are.
- they were nice to everybody
-it was Valentine's themed
-Callie said that being together was just as important as a card
Unlike some of the "I Can Read" books, the Pete books usually have a complete story, with a clear beginning, a couple of developments in the middle, and then a satisfying ending. I like that even in very early readers. What happens makes sense and the endings are satisfying. Each fully illustrated page has two sentences, running from four to seven words each. That's a nice length and a good and fair challenge for a little starting reader. The drawings fully support the text, and while they look a bit amateurish at first the characters are actually expressive and presented effectively.
Many of the Pete books have a mild message, (be yourself, do your best). Here, Pete is choosing an outfit to wear to his first day at school. He takes advice from everyone and ends up way, way overdressed and rather silly looking. Finally, Pete takes off everything and puts on what he wants. Be yourself indeed. The message didn't strike me as terribly heavy-handed, but that's mostly because it was hidden under so many layers of silliness. The Pete books vary in their messageness, and this one does fall a bit to the obvious side of the balance. That said, it's fun and a bit ambitious, which is a nice touch for such an early reader.
So, all in all, this is one of the few early readers books that strikes me as "set worthy" and we've been happy to collect them all over time. The paperback versions are particularly good value.