- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD240L (What's this?)
- Series: Pete the Cat
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061906220
- ISBN-13: 978-0061906237
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,006 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1 A slight episode about a navy-blue cat, new white shoes, and maintaining a positive outlook. Pete the Cat strolls down the street singing, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes. Then he steps in (actually climbs up) a huge hill of strawberries that turn his pristine sneakers red. Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! He kept walking along and singing his song. I love my red shoes.... He proceeds to step in a mound of blueberries and then a mud puddle, each incident changing his sneakers to a new hue (the colors never blend). Unsmiling but placid, Pete takes it all in stride. After stepping into a bucket more like a tub of water, he notices that his sneakers are not only white again, but also wet. Even though they are back to their original color, the next illustration perplexingly shows Pete walking along with each shoe sporting one of the four colors highlighted in the book. Bright, childlike illustrations show the long-limbed feline regularly altering his footwear but continuing not to watch where he's walking. The moral of the story keep going no matter what happens to you in life may sound like good advice, but it doesn't instill any sense of power in children it just tells them to accept their fate. The downloadable song might help spark interest, but there's not much here to get excited about. Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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From the Back Cover
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 we steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good.
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Top customer reviews
The books have appeal for the youngest to the oldest. The messages they give are real and great lesson in life.
I love the song downloads from Harper Collins. I have downloaded them all and keep them on my phone so they are always with me....just in case i need a little Pete in my day.
“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."
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes”
― Eric Litwin
I have given the book as gifts to new parents several times and also as birthday gifts to toddlers. (I did NOT give the book to a little girl I loved who was dying from cancer since the moral of the story (seen in the last two pages) is: So just walk along and sing your song because... it's all good!
I couldn't imagine anyone reading that to her as she was in great pain. In her case,,,it was not all good. But the moral work well with the story and is encouraging for young and old in most cases.
Together, they created this incredible book.
In it, Pete the Cat has shoes he loves. These shoes get abused. Does Pete cry about this, though? Goodness no! He keeps walking along, and singing his song.
The story uses repetitive phrasing, simple words and call and response to make a wonderful experience for both reader and listener, along with lush and unique artwork. Concepts conveyed are very basic colors (white, red, blue, brown), listening skills (the listener has to pay attention to know when to answer the color that Pete's shoes turn and when to say "goodness no!") and that little things aren't catastrophes.
For me? I love this book. I get bored reading the same book again and again to my children. I rarely get bored reading Pete. I'm always discovering new little bits that James Dead added into the illustrations, and singing along with the story can be quite joyous.
My kids? My [3 year old] daughter loves this story. She gets excited for the call and response portions, and she pays attention to the (admittedly very simple) story because of this.
My [3 year old] son is a whole other level, though. He has special needs, and this book speaks loudly and comfortingly to him. He will sit and reread it by himself for an hour or more. I don't know if it's the repetition, the music, the illustrations, the concepts, or just a beautiful combination that engages him, but engage it does.
His preschool teacher also reports that his entire classroom of special needs children feel exactly the same.
We can't get enough of Pete the Cat in this house, and have spread the love to many others. Order this, and then follow up with Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, and after May 2012, snatch up a copy of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (or preorder it now, we did). Also essential? Merrymakers Pete the Cat Doll
Don't be afraid to hit the net for Pete, either. There are some wonderful prints and original artwork available on the artists own website, music and storytelling available from the author, and videos that have been shared on large video sharing sites (ahem) of Litwin and Dean performing the stories and other works.
My one complaint is that Pete doesn't seem to question why there would be a large pile of blueberries or strawberries in the spots where he normally walks. I can understand being layed back, but I think maybe Pete could be a bit more proactive in protecting his stuff. And the strawberry and blueberry people. Growing berries must take some investment of both time and money and to have some 4 legged stompalot carelessly smash them must be frustrating.
Alas, its all good.