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Pete the Cat : I love my white shoes
1st HarperCollins ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, 2010, c2008
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Reading Level:
AD 460 L Lexile
Added Author:
Pete the Cat gets into colorful adventures while out walking in his new white shoes.


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Don't miss the first and bestselling book in the beloved Pete the Cat series!

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 Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects--kids love to interact with the story.

The fun never stops--download the free groovin' song.

Author Notes

Eric Litwin is the New York Times bestselling author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. He is also the author of Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. He is a popular performer who has recorded several award-winning children's music CDs.

Eric is also the cofounder of the Learning Groove┬┐, a dynamic early-learning music company.

Eric is a former classroom teacher.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

Pete the (optimistic) cat loves his brand-new white shoes no matter what. Even when he steps in strawberries, blueberries, and mud--turning his shoes red, blue, and brown--nothing rocks this cool cat's world: "No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song." Color-rich illustrations from a variety of visual perspectives match the groovy tale's vibe. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

An imperturbable blue cat walks along and sings his song regardless of what he steps in.Pete the Cat loves his white Chucks so much that he sings a repetitive ditty: "I love my white shoes, / I love my white shoes, / I love my white shoes." (In order to accompany himself, he removes the two sneakers from his front feet and picks up an electric guitar.) Presumably not looking where he is going, he steps into a "large pile" of strawberries. The bright gouache illustrations depict Pete standing atop a mountain of red fruitson it, not really in it, but no matter. His shoes turn red; Pete thinks to himself that "everything is cool!" and sings about his red shoes. Then"Oh no!"he steps into a heap of blueberries. "What color did it turn his shoes?" asks the narrator. All the children who have learned basic color theory will cry, "Purple!" and feel betrayed when the page turn indicates that Pete's sneakers have in fact turned blue. A walk through some mud turns them brown, and then a stroll through a bucket of water turns them white again. (Now they go "squeak squeak squeak" as he walks.) Pete's ability to shrug off the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune without even opening his eyes all the way is a quality many parents might wish their children shared, but it makes him awfully hard to relate to.Pete may seem like an appealing role model to adults, but any child who has experienced the smirching of a new pair of shoes probably won't buy the cool he's peddling. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.