Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: James Dean
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pete loves math and always has the right answers in math class. Pete’s classmate, Tom, isn’t as strong in math and doesn’t enjoy it at all. Pete is determined to help Tom understand and enjoy math, so he uses race cars, something Tom loves, to help him learn math. They do their math homework, but when they turn it in, their teacher notices that they both got one of the same answers wrong; he thinks they cheated. They bring the race cars to class and each of them prove to their teacher that they didn’t cheat and that they really are good at math! Mr. G is impressed and proud of them for helping each other and making math fun!
Pete the Cat’s Got Class is a perfect book for young readers, especially for children who struggle in math. Pete teaches readers that math is fun and helping friends is even more fun! Math is made more concrete by using blocks and cars, which is great for visual learners. This book is a great way to bring up a discussion about topics including helping classmates, making subjects that students struggle with fun, and cheating on homework. This book includes twelve math flash cards, a fold-out poster, and stickers. Young readers will love the occasional rhyme in this book and the exciting colorful illustrations.