I was just recently introduced to Pete the Cat, and now I can't get enough of him!
I heard about this book and read some ideas about it on a number of blogs this summer, but it wasn't until I happened upon the book at the book store a few weekends ago that I truly understood the fascination with Pete.
I brought this book into my classroom in the middle of our two week Color Theme Unit and it fit in perfectly. You see, Pete is a cat that LOVES his white shoes. But alas, he goes walking along and steps into strawberries and blueberries and so on and so on. The character education part of this story allows children to see how Pete goes with the flow and doesn't get upset when something happens. He just changes his tune; literally!
It wasn't until we listened to the version recorded by the author that we truly fell in love! I sent the link home so the children could enjoy it with their parents as well! You can find it here. You can also hear the newest book by Mr. Eric, Pete The Cat Rockin in My School Shoes.
After several readings, the children did some color word matching to fill in Pete's shoes.
Then, the children completed their own mini books by writing the word "I" and drawing Pete!
I was amazed at their drawings of Pete!