Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Before Pete can fall asleep, he wants his mother to tell him stories, but not just any stories. Pete wants to hear stories about himself and his mother. His mother tells Pete three stories that are the kinds of tales kids love to hear about themselves. They are gentle, but funny, offering Pete a chance to laugh at himself. In the first story, Pete goes out to play while his mother bakes cookies. Pete throws twigs into the brook, but then he forgets to let go of a big stick and falls into the brook himself. His tears and fears are allayed by a big hug and a big warm cookie. The second story finds Pete pretending to be a cat and then a dog while riding the bus, and the third has Pete playing hide-and-go-seek with his tired mother, who is found fast asleep. This is a Level 1 book in the "Bank Street Ready-to-Read" series. Every page is illustrated to help the young reader bridge the gap from picture book to early reader. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A quiet story with little action or suspense. At bedtime, Pete asks his mother for three stories about himself. She tells him about the time he fell into the brook, about the day they rode the bus and Pete decided to be a cat, and about the game of hide-and-seek when his mother fell asleep. Average-quality, colorful cartoons illustrate the bland story. Ruth Wallace Brodeur's Stories from the Big Chair (McElderry, 1989), is very similar but better written. Despite the series title and format, this is not a beginning reader.Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR