A few months back, I wrote about Nora’s infatuation with Splat the Cat. Well, after receiving Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, a new favorite book tops her list. I have to credit my mother-in-law for gifting this book; as a former reading specialist and now elementary-school principal, she knows her stuff.
At first, I didn’t understand this book. The content seemed really simple, and it required the reader to sing a song. However, after reading this time and time again at my daughter’s request, the fun of this book surfaced. My husband, Steve, is the best reader of the book in the house because he really gets into singing the refrain.
Pete the Cat introduces colors, the merits of having a laid-back attitude about when things don’t go right, and repetition (Nora can say much of this book while we’re reading it and it is particularly cute to watch her say “oh no” in her cute, soft toddler voice on cue as well as say “la la la shoes” over and over again during the song). There’s also a downloadable song that Nora requests when we’re in the car (“Cat!” “Cat!”).
I could see this book becoming a classic for the toddler set and while reading about it online it appears that the reaction to the book has been phenomenal already. There are some sequels to the book, which is good news at this house!