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Pete's Big Lunch
by James Dean
Series: Pete the Cat
Pete’s Big Lunch is part of Dean’s Pete the Cat series in his I Can Read! series of books for very young readers — it’s meant to be read with an adult.
It’ll be a learning experience for your little one what with Pete wearing that big watch on his wrist(?) with all the hands pointing to twelve.
It’s a practical concept of teaching kids that lunch can mean a sandwich, and the story follows a natural progression of the steps involved in making one. This could be a good learning experience with Mom or Dad helping the little one to make their own sandwich. Just like Pete!
Of course, the choices Pete makes for his sandwich could lead to some fun discussion about what one wants on one’s sandwich — that apple could go to the side for dessert or maybe slices of apple would fit better?
Dean throws in a tidbit about sharing. I think this could have been strengthened up a bit.
On the whole, it’s a practical manual on making lunch and about making choices. Full of possibilities to talk with your child, you can have fun with making up more weird sandwiches, what your child would prefer, what they would want to try, what they can actually make for that sense of achievement.
Yep, it’s obviously lunchtime. Whatever will Pete do?
Pete and a whole lotta food you and your kids can talk about.
The Cover and Title
The cover has a white background with Pete, the mischievous black kitty, sitting in a yellow chair pulled up to a table covered in a blue tablecloth and scattered square crackers. He’s facing a Dagwood-like stack of lunchables, including a big fish!
If the cover is anything to go by, yep, it’s definitely Pete’s Big Lunch!