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Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Paperback – January 1, 2013
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By A.dSeral on November 18, 2020
Mind two says, "Christmas themed? Hmm. I dunno. This is starting to be a bit over-marketed."
So, I ordered the book with a bit of trepidation. The trepidation was all mine. My children did not care at all what the book was about other than it was another Eric Litwin book with James Dean's beautiful illustrations of Pete.
It came today. My children (both age 4) already love it. My daughter has declared it her favorite of the Pete books thus far (we'll see if she still feels that way in the years to come). My son is in love with all the new illustrations.
I'm a bit disappointed that a new video has not yet been released by Harper Collins to accompany the book as that has been a major part of their love for previous Pete books. Perhaps there will be one closer to the actual Christmas season. This is important as all Pete books have had songs that you sing parts of the books to. Without the video, it's hard to know how to sing the song. These sung words are really an integral part of children's love for the books. With no sing-along part, the books are still beautiful, but not the amazing experience they can be.
So there's that, aside from that, it's a sweet book. The basic plot is what you would expect from a "xxx saves Christmas" story. Pete replaces a sick Santa on Christmas Eve and gets the job done. The central aspect of this story is that Christmas is for giving, and that you give your all no matter how small you are.
All Pete books have a moral, this one feels a bit unfinished and hurried to me (my children do not agree).
What does not feel the least bit unfinished or hurried are James Dean's beautiful Pete illustrations. As usual they are absolutely lush, fun, imaginative and evocative.
Generally Litwin's amazing ability to inspire and create music that touches children combined with James Dean's painting prowess combine to create a full experience unlike other books for young children. If Harper Collins gets behind this book and Litwin creates a video with song to go with it, it will be as big a hit as the previous three Pete books.
Until they do that, I would hold off on getting Pete the Cat Saves Christmas unless you have diehard Pete lovers in your home as we do. If you're really looking to further explore the vein I would instead recommend The Big Silly With Mr.Eric , one of Litwin's music releases.
Their most favourite time was reading books and, they HAD to read about Pete in every session. They sing the songs, they say the repetitive sentences with the teacher and, LOVE Pete the Cat!
This is for anyone who loves books and loves that they will give children an enthusiastic, wonderful experience in a story about a character who has lots of different adventures. PLEASE, when you buy this book, buy ALL the adventures of Pete the Cat. I promise you, if you read this with expression and a joy of how the text is presented, you will never read another book to young children a different way again.
My friend even took on an accent (American) when she read and made it jazzy in delivery. The children learned how to read with loads of expression because of this lady, she passed on a joy of what books can give them. The repetitiveness of the text taught 5yearolds words they could take into Year One before their time was due.
I can only say wonderful things about this book, it is not just a story........
By MamaT on December 1, 2018
Pete is an adorable, loveable cat with a positive attitude! When trouble happens does he give up--Goodness No!
Pete saves the day for an ailing Santa. Although the task is hard, Pete understands that the spirit of giving your all is what Christmas is about.
It's a gentle, not in-your-face, reminder to do nice things for others.
Merry Christmas, Pete!