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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Pete rolls with the punches, rather than getting blown off course by unavoidable events. The lesson is spelled out: It’s all good.
Positive Role Models
Pete digs his new white shoes -- but when he tramps through blueberries and they get stained, he doesn’t throw a fit. He embraces the change and appreciates his shoes’ new look.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that sweetly silly story shares a useful lesson on coping with everyday disappointments.
Is It Any Good?
This one’s a kid-pleaser, with funny, memorable text, bright colors, visual humor, and a downloadable song to boot. For such a simple story, it’s a page-turner too -- kids will be eager to see what happens next, even after many readings. They’ll giggle at Pete inadvertently stepping into a pile of blueberries, which on the page looks more like an ocean of blueberries. Each time he stains his shoes, Pete looks a bit peeved, but within a few beats he’s back in his groove, embracing the latest shade of his sneakers.
This debut by singing storyteller Eric Litwin -- also known as Mr. Eric -- flows with a strong rhythm.The watercolor illustrations by James Dean flow with a jazzy cool of their own. Some literal-minded kids might take issue when the red shoes get stained by blueberries and turn blue instead of purple -- but as Pete probably would say, it’s no big deal.
Sketch-like drawings are infused with rich watercolor for fun, bright pages. A playful mix of perspective adds to the pleasure.
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