Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons was awarded a 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for one of the most distinguished beginning reader books from last year. The book is created and illustrated by James Dean and the story is written by Eric Litwin. Pete’s a cool cat with four groovy buttons on his shirt. He loves his groovy buttons so much, he sings a song about them. But one pops off and rolls away. “Did Pete cry? Goodness no! Buttons come and buttons go.” And he just keeps singing his song. One by one, the buttons are lost but he still keeps singing his song until he has zero buttons left. But looking down at his button less shirt, what do you think he saw? He just keeps singing his slightly amended song. The morale of this story? Don’t sweat the small stuff.
An added bonus to this story are the equations after each button is lost i.e.. 4-1=3. You get a little math with your reading! You can also download a free reading of the book here.
The Sonoma County Library has many copies.