Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes [NOOK Book]

Overview

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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Overview

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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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
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
2014-04-22
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062111302
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Pete the Cat Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read and Play
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 10,197
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD240L (what's this?)
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

James Dean

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.

In 2004, Kimberly & James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children's book together. Their dream finally became a reality with the release of Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer, Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    A great book!

    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!

    68 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    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.

    34 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    contemporary- upbeat with a great message

    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!

    32 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Pete the cat loves his white shoes, teaches colors and more.

    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.

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Son loves it

    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

    25 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2010

    Bedtime staple at our house

    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.

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!

    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.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    Why charge me for a product that does not work on my device?

    Awful. My daughter was excited for this title and after they took my money, I was informed that it would not work on my device and was unable to download. The book is fantastic, I blame B&N for poor customer service. That is the reason for the poor rating.

    17 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Pete Cat

    This book is so funny when you hear the singing version

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Not for iPad

    Wish I knew this before I purchased it. How can I find out if the book is only compatible with nook color, before I buy?

    13 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    I am a Pre-k Special Education Teacher in Miami, FL. All I hear

    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.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Awesome

    I haven't fallen in love with a new book like this in years! It's awesome with the animations and music on NOOK.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    Love it

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    Really cute book!

    This is just a really cute kids book. Both my kids love it and they're 5 and 9 years old!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Very fun book!

    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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    My 3 year old grandson loves this book! The read along version

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    2 year old sings along

    My son adores this book! He asks for it all the time. And the moral? It's all good. ;-)

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Good book, kids love it.

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Love

    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

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Kids love this book!

    My children love this book. After experienceing it on the Nook, mom reading it is just not good enough anymore!
    They will walk around the house singing the catchy tune.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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