Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Author: Eric Litwin
Illustrator: James Dean
Publication Year: 2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Dubuque Picture Book Award, Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award, ALSC Notable,
Summary: Pete the cat loves his favorite shirt with its groovy buttons so much that he made up a song about them. As buttons pop off of his shirt, Pete writes a subtraction sentence about it and then modifies his song. When each of the four buttons pops off, Pete notices his belly button and keeps on singing. "I guess it simply goes to show that stuff will come and stuff will go. But do we cry? Goodness, NO! We keep on singing." The brightly colored paintings are childlike and perfectly suited to the book.
Classroom Ideas: This book would be an excellent introduction to subtraction for the youngest readers, and Pete's philosophy teach an excellent message.