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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)

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Title:Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Authors:Eric Litwin
Other authors:James Dean (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:easy, math, k-3

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin (2012)


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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin is a fun math book with catchy phrases that would be great for shared reading. My youngest son and I purchased this book at his school book fair. At first I was hesitant because it seemed to be too easy of a book for him…..it turned out we both loved it! Each page has Pete the Cat with a less then amused face on the page. The illustrations are painted as though an elementary school student painted them and used bright colors to fill both pages. The text stands out in black with a font that looks handwritten; however, the numbers are in a different color. For example, the word “four” in my “four groovy buttons” would be a different color then the rest of the text. Additionally, there are several repeated phrases throughout the book. “My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons” (or whatever number is appropriate for the phrase) and “how many buttons are left” are used throughout the book. As each button pops off the reader subtracts and is able to incorporate math skills with early literacy! Great book! The big idea is to tell a story and incorporate math for fun! ( )
  areyno5 | Nov 24, 2014 |
Created and illustrated by James Dean. Story by Eric Litwin. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. 2012. 32 pp. $16.99. Harper. 978-0-06-211058-9.
Part of the Pete the Cat series. Pete the Cat is back and he’s very pleased with the four groovy buttons on his jacket. But when he loses them one-by-one, Pete never loses his trademark nonchalance. As he skateboards along he remembers he has one button left - his belly button. As with the other Pete the Cat books, children are taught that when things go bad, they can always choose not to let it affect them. A complimentary CD is available. Pete is always portrayed with his perpetually calm gaze which supports the book’s theme. Illustrations use bold, high-contrast primary colors in a simple, childlike style. Especially in combination with the accompanying music this book could be an excellent choice for storytime or to put in the hands of a child who needs a reminder to maintain their calm. ( )
  alovett | Nov 20, 2014 |
The picture book it great for young readers. I really enjoyed it and the colorful pictures. This book shows children that they don't have to get upset if they lose something. It also introduces a new word to their vocabulary: groovy, it's not something you hear every day! It's also an interactive book, in how it asks "how many buttons are left" so the readers are able to do a little fun math! ( )
  dtolton93 | Sep 17, 2014 |
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin is the third of the original Pete the Cat picture books. Pete is now being written by the illustrator.

Pete has a new yellow rain slicker with four colorful buttons. As with his white shoes, Pete's jacket is in for a rough day. For one reason or another, he pops a button.

Pete, philosopher that he is, has a reason to not worry even if the very last button falls off his coat. That twist of humor woven into the moral of the story makes Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons my favorite of the books. It's also the book my daughter picks the most from her collection of Pete the Cat books. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 15, 2014 |
This is a fun book to read with very early elementary students. Can be used to teach subtraction, as each time Pete loses a button, one is subtracted from his total. The song can also be fun for kids.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 14, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062110586, Hardcover)

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

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Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

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