“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Written by Eric Litwin, Illustrated by James Dean, Harper Collins, New York, 2011, 32 pg.
Reading Level: 600L
Synopsis: Pete the Cat wears his new red shoes to his first day of school. This book is the follow-up book to the beloved Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes. Pete joyfully experiences all the exciting parts of the school day. As he moves between activities, Pete shares a riddle and asks readers to guess where he is going next. Throughout the story, Pete sings a catchy tune about each part of his school day. At the end, Pete tells his mom all about what he and his shoes have done at school. He is excited to go back again tomorrow.
Rationale: This book can be used to teach students about rhyme and repetitive patterns in books. Students can predict where Pete is going next. Also, this book is wonderful for working on reading with expression and paying attention to punctuation marks. There could be a discussion about the theme of the story that is presented at the end. Students could also write their own questions modeled after the author’s writing of the book.
Common Core: Students can discuss the theme of the story (RL 1.2) or identify parts of the story which denote different expressions of feelings (RL 1.4).