Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
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)
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

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Pete the Cat Series
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Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
AD240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years


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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 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!
mizer More than 1 year ago
Great for any age up through elementary. Kids will sing along and learn the verses the first time through. Interactive visuals hold interest. Overall fun book with great story of looking on the bright side!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my three year old granddaughter. It is really cute and she loves it. The interaction is fun and she is learning her colors and enjoying to read.
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
Purchased for nook color. He loves this book. Read it three times in a row, sings along and is interactive with it. Well worth the money
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most adorable and FUN book I've ever shared with my kids. Every child needs to have this book, but make sure you get the CD with it. I bought the book with CD and then got the Nook ebook. The Nook book has a few extra sound effects that really make it extra fun. It only took a few readings and my daughter had the whole thing memorized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny when you hear the singing version
krasykatiebug More than 1 year ago
This is just a really cute kids book. Both my kids love it and they're 5 and 9 years old!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't fallen in love with a new book like this in years! It's awesome with the animations and music on NOOK.
Momof6MT More than 1 year ago
We got this as a special of the day on Barnes and Noble. My kids love it. I love seeing them read.... I say it's a win win I will be purchasing other Pete the cat books soon.
JJ4 More than 1 year ago
I am a Pre-k Special Education Teacher in Miami, FL. All I hear in my class is &quot;We want to read, Pete the Cat.&quot; &quot; I love my red shoes, I love my red shoes&quot;... 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.
MissBC More than 1 year ago
Whether its read to them or the book reads to them, kids love this book. Animations and song they love. My child will replay the song parts over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for little kids. They can deffentiely learn with this book!!!!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books when they first came out im 8 i love it so much soon i want to be come a singer because of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old grandson loves this book! The read along version is well done and the music is catchy. He likes to say the lines with the kids in the book. The interaction pages are fun too. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son adores this book! He asks for it all the time. And the moral? It's all good. ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My entire school has been enchanted by this book. The students know the song and teach it to others. The second book is about wearing the shoes to school and the places he visits and activites he completes. This is a must have for your home library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, great song, great interaction. My 4 year old saw this in the nook shop and recognized it from preschool. Hearing him sing along with the book is too cute. Expensive compared to some other nook books, but glad i bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 10 month old & 2 yr. old grandchildren love this book. The song is really catchy and cute!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book. It is so fun to see them smile, laugh and answer the questions.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yesterday my mom sang this song to her class and she showed it to me. it is cool that i just saw it here. great book by the way. love the cd.
RmyWife More than 1 year ago
I got this for my two boys who are 3 &amp; 4 and imagine my surprise when my 3 year old said &quot; It's Pete Mommy! I'll read it to you!&quot; And proceeded to sweetly &quot;read&quot; 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!