Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is the third picture book in the mega-selling series that began with Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Kids eat up these simple, repetitive stories about the deadpan kitty who sings so lovingly about his things.
What's the story?
Pete the Cat puts on his favorite shirt, which has four colorful buttons. He loves the buttons so much that he sings a simple song about them: \"My buttons, my buttons, / my four groovy buttons. / My buttons, my buttons, / My four groovy buttons.\" Then one pops off. \"How many are left?\" asks the text, and there's a bright, full-page image of the math problem \"4 - 1 = 3.\" Pete answers, \"3,\" and then sings his ditty about his three groovy buttons, and so on, down to zero, when he has no buttons left ... except his belly button.
Is it any good?
The repetitive text is toddler-friendly but may be a little tedious for grown-ups. And the simple math is a good lesson, but the actual subtraction problems may be lost on tiny readers. Creator James Dean's childlike art in bright primary colors, and the funny blue cat, whose blank expression is virtually unchanged on every page, will engage little kids. You can make up your own tune for Pete's song or go to the publisher's website to hear author Eric Litwin's addictive hip-hop-flavored version with kid chorus for free.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what makes Pete the Cat cool. Is it his enthusiastic, nothing-gets-him-down attitude? His unchanging expression? His bright blue fur?
Have you read other Pete the Cat books? How does this one compare?
Do you like learning about numbers in a story?