Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons: Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean

  • Author: Eric Litwin

  • Illustrator: James Dean

  • Publisher: HarperCollins

  • Publication Year: 2012

  • Brief Summary: Pete the Cat loves the groovy buttons on his shirt, and does not fret even when he starts losing them one by one.

  • Awards (if any):

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Have children sing the song with you…the story is designed for some interaction between the reader and the listener!

    • Young children can practice counting down from four.  Could be a felt-board activity.

    • Introduce the concept of number stories and math equations.  Have children practice writing their own number stories and equations.  Or, provide one and have the children write the other (e.g. give them a number story and have them write out the equation, or vice versa) or provide both and have them match one to the other.

    • Provide children with a Pete the Cat template and have them design his favorite shirt, along with 4 groovy buttons.

    • Ask the children what the problem was in this story (Pete the Cat loses his buttons one by one).  Did Pete the Cat fret over this problem?  How does he deal with it?  When you encounter a problem at school or at home, how do you deal with it?  What are some ways we can cope or make things better?  Students can write about their personal experience of having to cope with a problem or problem-solve.

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Text-to-self connections

    • Math skills

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: Download free Pete the Cat songs at; the reading for this story can be found at

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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