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Flannel Friday: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons… Plus a GIVEAWAY!


Happy Flannel Friday!

I’ve been in a storytime/program tornado this fall. I keep promising to get back in the swing of blogging, but then I’ve seriously been so busy, that I just run out of time and brain power (seriously, I just typed brian power, and could not figure out what was wrong with itIn preparation for our annual teacher workshop on the Latest and Greatest in Children’s Books, I made 3 flannelboards (compete with patterns) so I have 3 #FF posts ready to go!

Anyway this week is that lovable, easy-going feline Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

I borrowed the pattern from But I wanted to make the shirt open(-able),

Pete is such a dapper dude!

and  (well, and I really I wanted to give Pete a bellybutton)  so I made a few changes.

Pillsbury Meow-boy! Hee Hee!

It’s a little more work, but this one is going to log a lot of  miles, so it’s worth the effort. Anyway click on the link above for MLF version and/or this one: Pete The Cat 4 Groovy Buttons for the pdf pattern I made for the teacher workshop handout.

It occurs to me that I had to do a little trial & error to assemble this little dude. So I will make a copy, so I can take pictures of the  how I put it together. Then I’ll do a special #FF giveaway.

Leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win the demo version of this flannelboard, and you won’t even need the “some assembly required” follow-up post. Cheers!


Step 1: Lay "head" on a flat surface.

Step 1: Lay “head” on a flat surface.



25 thoughts on “Flannel Friday: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons… Plus a GIVEAWAY!

  1. Pete the Cat is such a fun dude! We love your flannel~~it’s all GOOD!!

  2. I would love to have your demo! If someone else wins…. it’s all good!

  3. Groovy! I discovered Pete the Cat last spring and it instantly became a hit with my preschool students. In fact, they responded so enthusiatically that I am planning a whole unit on Pete for this coming January. Thanks so much for sharing your flannel Pete!

  4. Awesome! I don’t need your demo as I also made one (with open-able shirt). Being able to open the shirt and show the bellybutton is VITAL to the story. VITAL, I tell you! And I don’t get the grown-up criticism either. One reviewer said that (for the first book) she thought kids would be confused by the page in which he’s wearing a shoe of each color. Um, kids can suspend disbelief, can’t they? I’ve NEVER had a kid comment on/get confused by that. They just love the song and the fun. And you’re right, the message is perfect. And most of the teachers I work with also agree and have bought the book for use in their classrooms. Pete’s the best!

  5. I also LOVE Pete the cat. I used this title earlier in the week with 3-6 year olds. It was so much fun! I have to admit, I didn’t fall in love with the Pete books until I listened to them. I didn’t quite get the groove reading them in my head. But once I heard them, I was smitten. Your flannelboard Pete is wonderful! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I’m the lucky one to give him a new home. Cheers!

  6. Awesome, my kids love Pete the Cat

  7. Thanks…your Pete the Cat is so cute. I just read this story on Thursday and sure wish I would have had your Pete the Cat to tell it. I know there is a new Pete that has to do with Christmas. I can hardly wait it see it.

  8. Love the interactive Pete! He’s just too groovy for words!

  9. Pete the Cat is my new absolute favorite with kindergarten students – your flannel Pete with the groovy buttons is perfect!! Thanks for sharing!
    Also, can’t wait for the Pete Easy Readers coming out in February…..!!

  10. Hi, Your Pete the Cat is looking very groovy! I love Pete the Cat (read/sang the first book 4 times yesterday). I have the first 2 books (and the App), but haven’t bought Groovy Buttons yet. They are all imports in the UK, and quite expensive 😞

    • Bummer! Yeah, I feel like Pete gets snubbed a bit by grownups I the publishing industry, reviews are often pretty luke warm. i’ll never understand it. Kids go bananas for him. And the message conveyed about feeling good and staying positive in the face of little day-to-day challenges/changes is so vital for emotional well-being.

      • My kiddos in my class LOVE Pete The Cat! I have made a flannel board story with the different colored shoes (all colors). My granddaughter 5, at the time, absolutely loved helping me put the story together!! This year, my class loves The Four Groovy Buttons! Can’t wait to try it with a flannel board story!! You’re right, the shirt MUST open and Belly Button Must be Exposed!! What a creative idea!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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