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今天我们来介绍一只在美国家喻户晓的卡通形象,James Dean 创作的Pete the Cat, 猫咪皮特。与大多数卡通形象不同,这只猫是真实存在的。1997年,James从电子工程行业辞职,开始了全职艺术家的工作。大部分时间他画的都是当地的建筑和地形。1999年,James在当地收容所收养了一只黑猫,并给他取名为Pete。

有一天,调皮的Pete突然安静地坐在James面前,一动不动,好像希望James能画一下自己。于是James拿出了笔,开始认真地在画板上勾勒出Pete的形象。涂色的时候,James担心别人会觉得黑猫不吉利,于是转而用了蓝色。

从此Pete和James便一起声名大噪,James真正把兴趣变成了事业,而Pete也不停地活跃在大人读物,儿童读物和音乐中。Pete是怎样一只猫呢?酷酷的,乐观的,有着各种美好品格的猫!每一本关于Pete的书都蕴含着好多道理。

Pete the Cat and His White Shoes 是James和另一位美国艺术家Eric Litwin联名创作的插画绘本。故事来自于Eric,插画来自于James。他们一起合作了好几本儿童绘本,还进行了音乐创作。2011年俩人终止合作,从此James和另一个爱猫人士,也就是他的老婆,一起继续创作Pete的故事。这结局真美好呀!

所以,这本书讲的是一个什么故事呢?我们一起来看看吧。

Pete the cat was walking down the street in his brand-new white shoes. Pete loved his white shoes so much. He sang this song:

猫咪皮特穿着崭新的白鞋走在街上。他非常喜欢自己的小白鞋,所以他这样唱到:

"I love my white shoes. I love my white shoes. I love my white shoes."

“我爱我的白鞋。我爱我的白鞋。我爱我的白鞋。”

Oh no! Pete stepped in a large pile of strawberries. What color did it turn his shoes?  Red. Did Pete cry? Goodness no. He kept walking along and singing his song.

哦不!皮特踩在了一大堆草莓上。他的鞋变成了什么颜色?红色。皮特哭了吗?当然没有!他继续边走边唱:

"I love my red shoes. I love my red shoes. I love my red shoes."

“我爱我的红鞋。我爱我的红鞋。我爱我的红鞋。”

Oh no! Pete stepped in a large pile of blueberries. What color did it turn his shoes? Blue. Did Pete cry? Goodness no. He kept walking along and singing his song.

哦不!皮特又踩在了一大堆蓝莓上。这次他的鞋变成了什么颜色?蓝色。皮特哭了吗?当然没有!他继续边走边唱:

"I love my blue shoes. I love my blue shoes. I love my blue shoes."

“我爱我的蓝鞋。我爱我的蓝鞋。我爱我的蓝鞋。”

Oh no! Pete stepped in a large puddle of mud. What color did it turn his shoes? Brown. Did Pete cry? Goodness no! He kept walking along and singing his song.

哦不!皮特又踩到了一大谭泥。这次他的鞋又变成了什么颜色?棕色。皮特哭了吗?当然没有!他继续边走边唱:

"I love my brown shoes. I love my brown shoes. I love my brown shoes."

“我爱我的棕鞋。我爱我的棕鞋。我爱我的棕鞋。”

Oh no! Pete stepped in a bucket of water, and all the brown, and all the blue, and all the red were washed away. What color were his shoes again?

White. But now they were wet. Did Pete cry? Goodness no! He kept walking along and singing his song.

哦不!皮特又踩到了一桶水。所有的棕色,所有的蓝色,所有的红色都被冲掉了。这回他的鞋是什么颜色了呢?白色。但是现在鞋子湿了。皮特哭了吗?当然没有!他继续边走边唱:

"I love my wet shoes. I love my wet shoes. I love my wet shoes."

The moral of Pete's story is: No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song, because it's all good.

“我爱我的湿鞋。我爱我的湿鞋。我爱我的湿鞋。”

皮特的故事告诉我们一个道理:不管你踩到了什么,不要停下,继续走继续唱,因为一切都是好的。

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