Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flannel Friday-Pete the Cat

I have had a giant piece of blue felt sitting on my desk for the longest time. This week I decided that it would make the perfect Pete the Cat.  If you haven't seen this series, I highly recommend it.


This is Pete the Cat.  I made him standing up because I would like to use the same felt cat for all of his stories.  He is all felt with puffy painted details.

Pete the Cat's first book is Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.


Here is Pete the Cat with his white shoes.  The shoes are all made out of an AccuCut shoe die.  As Pete the Cat is walking along, he steps in a large pile of strawberries, which turn his shoes red.

Next, Pete the Cat steps in a large pile of blueberries, which turn his shoes blue.

Then Pete the Cat steps in a large puddle of mud, which turns his shoes brown.

Finally, he steps in a bucket of water and washes off the brown, the blue, and the red.  His shoes are white again, but wet.

In his second book, Pete the Cat goes to school in Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.  This is a good book to use with lower elementary kids or at a back to school story time.  While it hasn't happened yet, I need to make Pete the Cat a backpack, a guitar, a cool pair of high tops, a book, a milk carton, and a swing.

Pete the Cat's third book is coming out in May 2012 and is called Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  I was fortunate enough to hear the book read by Eric Litwin at a conference this spring and came up with flannel parts for the story.

In this installment, Pete the Cat loses the buttons off of his shirt one by one.  

Eric Litwin, the author of the Pete the Cat series, uses a lot of music and rhymes in his text, which make them perfect for sharing with kids.  I would also recommend checking out his cds (under Mr. Eric or The Learning Groove).

21 comments:

  1. That is so cute! My daughter loves cats, I will check out his books and music.

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  2. I love love love Pete the Cat and especially enjoy using the first one in my story times!

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    1. Erica-You will definitely have to pick up the new one. It has the same greatness as the first.

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  3. I haven't seen these books. I always love things changing colors, though.

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  4. Wait til you hear the song, " My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons." We are so using this book as the centerpiece of next school year's preschool tours.

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  5. Just made a Pete the Cat book with my Pre-K class. After reading the book, we brainstormed about things that Pete could step in. The next day we dipped strips of white cotton cloth, which I later cut into shoes, into everything from strawberries and blueberries (which really made the cloth a beautiful purple)to mustard, ketchup, hot chocolate mix, and koolaid. Students loved it.
    We love these books.

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  6. Where can I get the patterns for the Pete the Cat stories that you posted on 4-26-12?

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    1. Do you have an email address? I will see about drawing one up this week.

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  7. Would it be possible to get you to email me a copy of the patterns as well? I would really appreciate it! I am planning a Pete the Cat unit with my preK's right after Christmas break and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make these over the break!

    adamsrh4@cox.net -- in case you don't mind sending them!

    What conference were you at that you saw Mr. Litwig? I'd love to hear him in person!

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  8. The children in my class LOVE Pete the Cat... If you don't mind sharing the pattern for your felt Pete, my class would appreciate it..
    Thanks-- Anne Marie Bishopp
    Jamduffy5@aol.com-

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  9. Could you please email be a copy of your template? I am a Early Childhood major and a mom of a two year old little girl who would love this!

    Email: littlehunter18@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much Lauren Sharp

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  10. I just got introduce to Pete the Cat this year from my preschool students they love him. I was wondering if I could please have a copy of your template for my students to play with? I know they would enjoy it.
    Thank you
    msherrod26@yahoo.com

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  11. I'd love pattern for pete as well please fordchick322@yahoo.com thanks :)

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  12. I would love the pattern for Pete too PLEASE! daniellezaitz@gmail.com Thanks!!!

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  13. I did a very similar thing! Its a great idea to have the pieces ready to do whatever Pete you feel like. Im working on the guitar now.

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  14. Can you please email your template for Pete the Cat? My email address is sadevine@rochester.rr.com Thank you!!!

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  15. I would love to have your patterns for my 3 year old class.They LOVE Pete!
    jilliebird@aol.com Thanks for sharing!

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  16. This is adorable! I LOVE Pete the Cat and always read it with my second graders! I love how you can use him for all of the books! Would you be wiling to send me your template as well? Thank you!

    FaticaSM@yahoo.com

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  17. a Pete the Cat template please...and thankyou...
    Sue Fontaine

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