Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Last updated Sunday, March 3, 2019

Author: Eric Litwin
Illustrator: James Dean
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0062110586
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2019

Synopsis: Count down with Pete in this rocking story that makes counting fun! Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons?

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you have a pet?
•  Do you have a favorite piece piece of clothing or outfit?
•  What type of songs do you like to sing?


•  groovy - trendy, hip, cool
•  pop - to quickly or surprisingly bounce off; burst open

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why did the buttons come off?
•  How did Pete feel about losing buttons?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw and cut out paper shirts, then attach 4 or more "buttons" and other decorations using string, ribbon, tape, etc.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Sing Pete's song.
•  Ask kids to shout "Pop!" when a button comes off in the story.

*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!