July 22nd, 2011
Being lovers of books and music, my son and I were stoked to sing and read along to Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat, I love my White Shoes! The story begins with a stylish bluesy cat wearing a pair of funky laced up white sneakers. With a guitar in his hand, he strolls the streets singing about his love for his shoes. As he walks along he lands in piles and puddles of things causing his shoes to take on different colors. As the color changes on his shoes he switches up his lyrics of his song accordingly.
“I love my red shoes,
I love my red shoes,
I love my red shoes.”
Never seeming upset by the fact that his shoes are muddied up by either heaps of strawberries, puddles of mud, piles of blueberries, or water, he carries along with his stroll with the coolest attitude. The moral of the story is, no matter what happens it’s all good. As the story goes, “Did Pete cry? Goodness, No! He kept walking along and singing his song.” This story teaches my son not to get stirred by such petty changes but to remain calm and groovy through the changes.
My son reading along verbatim
In addition to this folky simple story, Eric Litwin made a sing along song to the story. You can hear it at Harper Collins’ website for free. I love discovering books that not only have sweet simple stories but lovely illustrations. James Dean does just that with his quirky sketches of Pete the Cat! Place your child in your lap and have a listen to Mr. Eric’s white shoe story.
This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the
products listed above. No compensation was received for this review.