I love, love, love the Pete the Cat books! So much, in fact, that I am planning a "Pete the Cat" program dedicated solely to the books that are written by Eric Litwin, and illustrated by James Dean.
If you are a teacher or librarian looking for a book character to follow you through the school year, Pete might just been your man... urh, cat. Pete's a groovy cat, complete with guitar in hand, and adapts to new situations and problems that pop up by staying cool, and rocking on. Pete's "stay cool" attitude is a great example for young children who are going through new experiences, such as beginning school for the first time.
To kick off the school year, begin with Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes. In this book, Pete starts a new year of school in his new school shoes. Pete visits all the areas of his new school-- including his classroom, the library, the lunch room, and the playground-- all while rocking it in his school shoes. Pete stays cool even in unfamiliar surroundings through keeping a positive attitude-- as Pete says, "It's all good".
Follow up with Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes. You can really have fun with this one!
The newest book in the Pete the Cat series is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons... watch for a great "button up" craft based on this book in the series... coming soon!