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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
Collections:Your library
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 is about a cat named Pete and the four different buttons on his coat. The story begins with Pete having four buttons on his coat and then he gradually loses the buttons one by one. The book explains that when Pete loses buttons, he does not get upset and cry, because he still has more buttons left. Even when Pete loses the last button, he is still happy to have his belly button left.

I love this book because it is very positive and upbeat, even when Pete is losing things that are special to him. Pete loves the buttons on his coat but when he loses them, he accepts the loss and appreciates what he still has.

This book could be a good reading tool for young students because it has a consistent theme and teaches students about staying positive. The book also brings in some basic math concepts, as Pete is losing buttons one by one, prompting readers to subtract.

Awards: Notable Children's Books (2013)

Description of Award: Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

Citation: Litwin, E., & Dean, J. (2012). Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons. New York, NY: Harper.
  ErinLeary | Oct 24, 2016 |
The author of this book does a wonderful job of integrating math into the book! The use of songs within the book allows for the reader to become more interactive with the book, which makes the book much more interesting and engaging. The illustrations that are included in this book are colorful and detailed and add to the creativity and engaging parts of this book. This book is a wonderful book for young elementary-aged students. ( )
  AshleyJarrard | Oct 15, 2016 |
From working at the pre-school for so long, I have learned to love and value Pete the Cat books. Although they're pretty basic and well known, I think they're fun and exciting books for kids to read. I love the receptiveness of them. I would read this book to my kids so often that when it was time for them to "read" quietly to themselves, even if that meant just them looking at the page, most of them were able to pick it up and read each page as it was. To me, this is a great way of learning how to read. Although they are reading the words through memory, they are also recognizing the words and able to follow along. It's definitely a step towards reading. All of Pete the Cat books are so fun and engaging that I often find myself singing parts of it to my friends at home.
  Chelsea07127 | Sep 28, 2016 |
I love how this book is interactive and engaging for students. Many young children love this book. I believe the attitude the story presents pulls readers into every page. The repetitive quality of the book keeps a constant reminder to keep on grooving.
  kerrihopethomas | Sep 27, 2016 |
This is great book that integrates math concepts into reading.It would be a great book to teach students kindergarten through second grade. It a great story and has rhyme that students can read along while you read the story.
  CourtneyFritz93 | Sep 7, 2016 |
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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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