Pete the Cat is a groovy blue cat that plays guitar, sings, and has many cool friends. Created by author Eric Litwin and artist James Dean. Mr. Dean had created Pete a few years earlier before collaborating with author/musician Litwin. The first book was self published in 2008, titled, Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes, which included an audio cd featuring a song that follows the story. Reaching the top 10 of the New York Times Bestseller list for picture books, Pete the Cat was purchased by HarperCollins in 2010.
My Aunt happens to be a Kindergarten teacher. Which means she is in tune with what is hip in the world of 5 year olds. Her Christmas presents for the children always involve great educational tools or wonderful story books. A couple years ago she gifted Zyler, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Quickly this became a favorite in the house, with the great morals of not sweating the little stuff, and the entertaining sing along. A few YouTube clips and library pick ups later, and Pete has become a main stay for the kids.
These books are great tools for children who take things too serious. Pete teaches them that they may lose some buttons, or their shoes may get messy, but it is okay and the day moves on. I have used this example when my kids hearts are broken over a lost balloon, or broken action figure. Things may come and go, but we need to keep on singing.
Currently released in the Pete the Cat library are 7 picture books with audio cds, 3 song books, 9 learn to read books, and 10 story books. Each piece looking at the chill cat navigate his world with his chill attitude. I recommend the Pete the Cat collection for your children, his positive attitude and good morals are good lessons.
Thanks booknerds, blog posts come, and blog posts go. But do we cry? Goodness no.