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Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool



Last updated Monday, February 1, 2016

Author: James Dean
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0062198653
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2016

Synopsis: Pete the Cat thinks Valentine's Day isn't cool . . . until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest Valentine's Day ever. But what happens when he realizes he's forgotten to make a card for a very important cat? Join Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine's Day can be!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is Valentine's Day?
•  Why is Valentine's Day cool?
•  Do cats celebrate Valentine's Day?

Vocabulary

•  insisted- to demand that something happen or that someone do something
•  realized- to understand or become aware of something
•  admitted- to say usually in an unwilling way that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of something

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why does Pete say Valentine's Day is not cool?
•  What made Pete's cards right for each person?
•  Why did Pete give everyone a Valentine's card?
•  Is being with a friend as good/better than giving a card?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a heart shaped cat. Example on Pinterest.
•  Have kids draw a picture of their families as cats.
•  Make a Valentine's Day card for someone.
•  Make cat masks
•  Check out our February craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/february-2016-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!