Pete the Kitty's Outdoor Art Project (I Can Read! My First-Pete the Kitty)

by James Dean (Author) James Dean (Illustrator)

Join Pete the Kitty as he gets creative in this I Can Read story from New York Times bestselling team Kimberly and James Dean.

Pete the Kitty loves art class. But when the project is to go outside and make art from nature, Pete isn't sure what to create. Then inspiration strikes and Pete realizes that nature art is cooler than he ever imagined!

Beginner readers will love creating nature art with Pete! This My First I Can Read book is carefully crafted using basic language, word repetition, sight words, and sweet illustrations--which means it's perfect for shared reading with emergent readers. The active, engaging My First I Can Read stories have appealing plots and lovable characters, encouraging children to continue their reading journey.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Pete the Kitty loves art class. But when his teacher takes them outside for a special nature art assignment, he's unsure he can make art in this way. As he and his friends collect leaves, sticks, and other outdoor elements and he sees his classmate's creations, Pete comes up with a great idea for his own art project. One to three sentences per page, with a fair amount of repetitive text, make this title appropriate for those who are becoming more independent readers or older readers who need practice with fluency. It would also be a good title to be read aloud when larger format "Pete" picture books are not available. It's a simple yet cohesive story with the vibrant and appealing illustrations readers have come to expect from the franchise. VERDICT A recommended purchase for all early reader collections.--Jennifer Noonan

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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2023
I Can Read! My First-Pete the Kitty
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV003000 - Juvenile Fiction | Art & Architecture
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Humorous fiction
Nature in art

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