One day one of my little clients walked into the clinic carrying a book given to him by his teacher. It was worn, some of the pages were torn and taped back together, some pages ripped beyond repair. The whole book was obviously well loved. As I began reading the book, I too fell in love with the story of this very cool cat. Pete the Cat has a brand new pair of white shoes that he loves. He loves them so much he sings a song about them: “I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes.” But as Pete the Cat is walking, he has various encounters that turn his shoes from pristine white to red, blue, brown, etc. Pete is unfazed by each incident. He doesn’t get upset or angry, he doesn’t cry. He just keeps singing his song, embracing the new color of his shoes.
Although I just recently discovered this little gem, this book was first published in 2008. There are now other books, artwork, a website a catchy song, and even a YouTube video.
I like this book for many reasons: it has repeated lines, bright pictures, teaches colors and other language concepts. And there are a ton of crafts to go along with this book on the internet. But beyond that, it offers teachable moments about acceptance. The fact that life can be unpredictable and there is great value in being flexible and adaptable to change. Sometimes life throws curve balls our way, or in this case, a pile of strawberries–and how we react can greatly influence our peace of mind and thus our health and well being. And these are the types of teachable moments I like to bring into my kids yoga classes. Ultimately Pete teaches us to
“keep walking along and singing your song…because it’s all good.”
And it is.
If you are a Pete the Cat fan, you may enjoy these resources: