Walking down the street, Pete starts singing about how much he loves his brand new white shoes. Unknowingly, the cool feline steps into big piles of colorful things throughout the story that change the color of his shoes. Pete welcomes the changes, stays cool, and keeps on singing.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes was given the StorytimeWOW Marquee Seal on March 19th, 2015. This book meets the StorytimeWOW Standards and has been selected for the PictureBookWOW and Picture eBookWOW collections on this site. Read the Storytime section below for tips on using this material in your storytime.
Create interactive sing-alongs with the free Pete the Cat songs. If you’re reading one-on-one, just hit play and follow along with the story. If you want to have an interactive musical group experience, I recommend reading the verses live and playing the music during choruses for singing-along (edit out the verses with a program like Garage Band). Here are the steps to follow:
- get the iBook or get the printed book and download the song from the Pete the Cat website (as per the book’s instructions)
- drag and drop the song file into Garage Band
- edit out the verses and string together the choruses (with 2 seconds in between each chorus for pausing)
- name, save and send your new song file to your iTunes library
- add the file to your storytime playlist
- bring your playlist of music to storytime on your device (I use my iPad or iPhone)
- during storytime, sync your playlist with audio speakers (you can be wired or go wireless with bluetooth)
- pause the song while reading the verses
- play the song when you reach its sing along-friendly chorus parts
Bibliotherapeutic Usefulness: Pete the Cat is an extremely likable role model for children. The blue feline hero consistently looks for and finds the sunny side of life. He models resourcefulness and emotional strength (even when life hands him lemons).
Read-alikes: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (2012), Hello, Goodbye Window (2006), A Ball for Daisy (2012), Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, an introduction to the great saxophone player and composer Charlie Parker (1997).
Significance/Honors: 2010 #1 New York Times bestseller
Why I chose it: I chose to review the Pete the Cat books because I am always looking for great storytime materials and these books come with their own catchy songs. Musical stories often make great storytime programming.
Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!