speech and language teaching concepts for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/sh/ initial
/l/ initial
/g/ initial
/k/ initial
/s/ initial
/v/ final
/z/ final


having a good attitude despite obstacles/change

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

By James Dean

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song…because it’s all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects—kids love to interact with the story.

This fun preschool-aged book can be used in speech therapy to target sequencing, and predicting. It is also great for engaging young readers with its repetitive text. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
text features
repetitive text


order of Pete’s shoes changing colors


pile, large, puddle, brand-new, song, love

Character Analysis:

Pete the Cat’s shoes kept changing colors because of all the things he was stepping in. He didn’t let that slow him down or mess up his groove.


verbs (irregular and regular past tense)

Text Features:

colored and enlarged fonts
text speech bubbles
repetitive text


What are other things that are blue, red, brown, etc?
How does Pete feel after his shoes turn colors?


What will Pete step in next?
What color will Pete’s shoes turn when he steps in each thing? (blueberries, strawberries, mud, etc.)