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I Love My White Shoes (Pete the Cat Series)

I Love My White Shoes (Pete the Cat Series)

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by James Dean, Eric Litwin

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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 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.

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Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
When I read the picture book, I could not believe how simple yet creative it was. In a moment of intense jealousy, my anxious thought was, "That is so easy, I should have written the Pete the Cat story." Accessing the excitement of getting a new pair of shoes that every young reader in the picture book crowd remembers, Pete insists on wearing his new sneakers out of the store. Most children would think seriously about walking down the dirty street. What if they step in something? Pete has a song he sings about loving his white shoes. But "Oh no!" What did he step in? Now his new white shoes are red. But brave Pete never cries, just keeps walking and singing. A sharp child will wonder why Pete does not see those piles of stuff that will turn his white shoes a different color, especially the mud puddle. What on earth can Pete do? Luckily a bucket of water is his answer, but who wants to walk in wet, squeaky shoes? Eric Litwin has even offered a moral to Pete's story. James Dean is an engineer turned artist, but he never dreamed he'd end up drawing cat pictures. Obviously both Eric and James remember exactly what it was like to be a child. Eric, inspired by folk songs, fun, and folksy folks, is a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, harmonica-blowing guy. As the co-founder of The Learning Groove, he promotes early music education. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
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 fruits—on 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)

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Pete the Cat Series
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Meet the Author

Eric Litwinis a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, song-writing, national-award-winning, music-producing, fun, folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He has recorded two award-winning children's music CDs.

James Dean’s art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for fifteen years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life’s work. James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his artwork, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children’s book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog. You can visit him online at www.petethecat.com.

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I Love My White Shoes (Pete the Cat Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
mommyin04 More than 1 year ago
My aunt lives in Atlanta, GA and met the author at a book signing. She got an autographed copy of Pete the cat for my son(5) and my daughter(2) to share. They've had it for about a year now...i didn't realized that it hadn't actually been released yet. Needless to say my kids LOVE this book and our copy came with a cd that reads the story and teaches the kids how to sing the song (that pete sings in the book). We listened to the cd the first time to learn the song and have read it myself ever since. My daughter has already learned the words and what colors his shoes turn through out the book. My son has learned how to spell the colors. I read it to his kindergarten class this week when I was there mystery reader. My daughter just had a birthday and got a print of Pete to hang on her bedroom wall! The story has simple but very entertaining artwork and a great storyline that teaches the kids about colors, cause and effect, rhythm and it has a great lesson at the end. I'd recommend it to everyone!
Purrmoon More than 1 year ago
Pete the cat is a cool dude and he has new white shoes. He loves his new white shoes and sings a song about them. But during the course of the day Pete's adventures take him places that turn his shoes first red, then blue,brown and green. Pete, being cool, takes these changes in stride and comes out squeaky clean and sporting white shoes again and singing his song along the way. Wonderful story. Great illustration. A character you can't help but like in Pete the cat. A read over and over again book for young children. Highly recommended. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son (age Two) adores this book. We read it every night, and he reads and sings right along with me. He enjoys the pictures and likes to point out something on every page (bird, red car, hot drink, tractor, etc). He has a guitar that he plays while I do the singing about the shoes. He has also picked up on the repetitive phrases of the book (Goodness, No!) and enjoys chiming in with those. It's definitely a favorite in our home. I'd recommend it to anyone with small children for a fun family read.
JJ4 More than 1 year ago
I am a Pre-k Special Education Teacher in Miami, FL. All I hear in my class is "We want to read, Pete the Cat." " I love my red shoes, I love my red shoes"... singing along.... My students can not put this book down, the vibrant colors and illustration are eye catching to children. My favorite is the simple wording and rhyming phrases through out the story. Keeps kids motivated in the story. By the end of the story the kids were saying the phrases on their own and labeling the colors. I am so happy I found more Pete the cat books. I will be adding to my collection.
lowdawgs More than 1 year ago
This is my 2 year old granddaughter's favorite book. She can recite the whole thing, with a lot of emphasis on the colors and that bucket of water. Excellent book for kids and the adults who love them.
lesdeek More than 1 year ago
My little granddaughter loved the book and sings the song in the car. She just turned two. I bought it for my great-niece so she could share the fun. It also teaches colors as Pete goes through colorful misadventures with his white shoes.
RmyWife More than 1 year ago
I got this for my two boys who are 3 & 4 and imagine my surprise when my 3 year old said " It's Pete Mommy! I'll read it to you!" And proceeded to sweetly "read" the book to me almost word for word! He remembered it from just one reading at preschool! It is now a favorite and I intend to videotape my boys singing this sweet song because they really have taken the message to heart as they are reading it with so much emotion. It makes me smile thinking about how such a simple message connected so deeply with children. Great job Mr. Litwinis!
Donnaquilt More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet book. Children just love it when we read and sing it at story times. I love Pete!
SugMama More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my daycare kids, ages 18 months-5 years. They all listened and danced while I sang the song part. The rest of the day they found reasons to sing about the colors they were wearing. And Pete has become our mascot of the day.... the kids love him.
laylagalise More than 1 year ago
My mom bought this book and shared it with her pre-k class. All the children love it! I visited her classroom a week before winter holidays and the students wanted to read and listen to this book everyday. Highly recommended for parents and teachers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's was a funny book
Sue_Corbett More than 1 year ago
Good message here, complemented by attractive, funky art of the hipster feline, Pete. Art teachers may not be happy that red sneakers dipped in blue become blue rather than purple but, hey: artistic license. The repetitive text makes this book a good choice for the lap sit crowd, who may be just as excited about new sneaks as Pete is.
Mastiff_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about a cat that has brand new white shoes. Along the course of his adventures, he steps in strawberries, blueberries and mud, which all change his shoes different colors. In the end he steps in water which turns his shoes back to white but now his shoes are wet! The moral of the story? Keep truckin' no matter what. My kids LOVE this story. LOVE IT. I read this story several times a day, along with my children requesting the CD over and over again. There is a song that alternates in the story, and a good color tie-in for toddlers. My kids ages 21 months and 3 years both LOVE this book. Mr. Litwin's reading/singing of the book on the CD is also done very well. He is an excellent storyteller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this book it helped my little brother and me with every thing he did not know.
enelyar More than 1 year ago
My first grade reader is delighted with this book. Perfect for children developing reading skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our four-year old grandson has the book and "reads" it to us. He loves singling Pete's song! I sent a copy to a three-year-old niece who loves Pete equally well! Great book!
Lottabooks More than 1 year ago
Love this book. The kids at school love this book. I would say this was the favorite book of the year. A lot of fun and the music is fun to sing along with and to dance to for the kids. The new books without the music are not nearly as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've taught pre-kinders thru 1st graders for 30+ years and have serveral "Must-have" books & Pete has earned a forever place on my bookshelf. It's right up there with other classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" , "Clifford", & Curious George. The illustrations draw kids into each page of the story. The moral that "It's all good" is a great message for kids. Children love being able to join in the predictability of the text "Goodness NO!" I've purchased several copies as gifts for young friends and family.
Have-Kitty-Will-Travel More than 1 year ago
I really do love Pete. Pete accepts different things that happen to his shoes in stride (ha, sorry). I think it's a great message reminding us to keep on going even though something unexpected might happen. "Pete keeps going along and singing his song, because it's all good." The illustrations are extremely colorful, very bright. I recommend this book to all, even adults.
Nana97 More than 1 year ago
Granddaughter loves it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love Pete the Cat because he is awesome. You need to read all the books. Written by 1st graders at Larsen Elementary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our Preschoolers LOVED this book and we teachers would often use it at a moment's notice as a lesson - just because it applied! Even the kids started quoting it.
Mom_to_Liam More than 1 year ago
We love all the Pete the Cat books! My preschooler knows all of them by heart (he cannot read yet). Great moral behind the story too!
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
In my house, I have some pretty cool cats, but not one is as cool as Pete the Cat.  First of all, he wears Converse hightop Chucks (like me).  And he is completely unflappable (not so much like me).  He is able to turn any potentially bad situation into a good one (I wish that were me).  Anyway, my little boy heard this cool cat story at the library during a recent Story Time.  He told me that he wanted that book.  Instead of checking it out, I just went ahead and bought it.  We just got our copy in the mail.  He sang the story with me and said, "I love it!" The illustrations accompanying the lovable text are equally lovable.  I love seeing those hightop Chucks change color, as does my son.  And the additional props in the drawings just add to Pete the Cat's coolness.  Such a winning book.  There is a summed up moral at the end of the story, which normally would annoy me, but Pete the Cat is far too cool to be gorpy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago