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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

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Illustrated by James Dean

By Eric Litwin; Illustrated by James Dean HarperCollins, $17. Ages 3 to 7.

I first met Pete last summer at the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia. I carried the book, then self-published, back to New York as an offering for my toddler after my first work trip since his arrival. The skinny blue cat was an instant hit, and he maintains a cozy spot on our bedtime list.

Pete steps in a series of colorful messes while wearing his brand-new white shoes. As we read together, my son answers the book's lyrical questions with joy. (An accompanying MP3 is available as a free download). What color did the strawberries turn Pete's shoes? "Red," he shouts. Did Pete cry? "No," he yelps, shaking his head. No matter what he steps in, Pete never loses his cool. It's a particularly useful lesson for my son, who likes things just so. And it's not such a bad message for grown-ups, either.—Maya Doyle

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