Pete the Cat and the New Guy by Kimberly and James Dean

There’s a new guy in town,
and Pete the Cat can’t wait
to meet him. When they
finally meet, Pete realizes
that they are very different
from each other. Pete tries
to get Gus to do the same
things he does – like climb
trees, and jump – but Gus
just can’t – he’s a platypus.
Gus is special in his own way, just like Pete, and has things he can do.
Pete realizes that everyone has their own special things, and that being
different is cool.

Discussion questions:

  1. What were some things Pete tried to do with Gus? Why couldn’t Gus do
    the same things Pete did?
  2. How do you think Gus felt when he couldn’t climb or jump like Pete?
    How do you think Pete felt?
  3. How did Pete discover Gus’ talent? Why did that make him happy?
  4. When Pete says that there is something everyone can do, what does he


  1. Make a Being a Good Friend chart. Brainstorm things that good friends
    do. This can be used as an anchor chart to remind students how to be a
    good friend.
  2. Complete the sentence. Set up a template for “My friend
    _____ is very good at _”. As ability allows, let
    children complete the sentence by writing or recording responses. Let
    children illustrate their sentences. Display on bulletin board.