Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons

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This scrumptious follow-up to the bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons captures the spirit of the holiday season. From making the same kind of cookies at the same time each year (tradition) to decorating them with lots of sprinkles (celebrate), youngsters will gobble up vocabulary words and holiday lessons in this charming dictionary of sorts.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's timeless morsels of wisdom paired with Jane Dyer's cozy illustrations are as irresistible as the aroma of ...

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Overview

This scrumptious follow-up to the bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons captures the spirit of the holiday season. From making the same kind of cookies at the same time each year (tradition) to decorating them with lots of sprinkles (celebrate), youngsters will gobble up vocabulary words and holiday lessons in this charming dictionary of sorts.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's timeless morsels of wisdom paired with Jane Dyer's cozy illustrations are as irresistible as the aroma of cookies fresh from the oven. Go ahead, take another bite!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

An unusual mix of rosy-cheeked children and animals acting as humans engage in activities that define holiday words as they relate to cookies and cookie making-"Celebrate means/time to get out the sprinkles!" "Moderation means/at the party not having twenty cookies, and not having zero cookies, but having just enough cookies." "Charitable," "prosperity," "perseverance," and "reciprocate" are also defined. Stylized, stiff-looking illustrations bordered with white do little to rescue this underbaked offering.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Rosenthal and Dyer follow up their popular collaboration, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons (2006), with this delightful sequel, which uses the same format to introduce concepts and feelings set in kitchen vignettes, this time during the Christmas season. In Dyer's charming watercolor illustrations, several children and anthropomorphic animals are shown baking cookies with each other or their parents, and the young bakers and their cookies are cleverly used to illustrate concepts set in capital letters, such as TRADITION (wearing the same aprons each year), FRUSTRATED (burned cookies) or THOUGHTFUL (sharing with neighbors). Many of the concepts are ones that are often difficult to get across to younger children: PERSEVERANCE, GRATITUDE and GRACIOUS. The text, while conveying little lessons in etiquette, is never preachy, using a light touch and the sweetener of the cookies to get the points across. The last few pages gracefully include many of the best concepts of the season, BELIEVE, JOY, PEACE and HOPE, with thoughtful but concise definitions that young readers will understand. A simple recipe for Christmas cookies concludes this sweet but fulfilling holiday treat. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060580247
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 378,404
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children’s books include the Cookies series, illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer; Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and It’s Not Fair!, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; Spoon, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Wonder Book, illustrated by Paul Schmid; and This Plus That, Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink, illustrated by Jen Corace. Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. Amy lives online at www.whoisamy.com and for real in Chicago.

Jane Dyer is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Cookies series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal as well as numerous other award-winning picture books. She lives and works in a hundred-year-old brick house in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can visit Jane online at www.janedyerbooks.com.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Wonderful Christmas Book for ages 4-8!!

    This book combines an interest in cooking and baking with learning new vocabulary in a "sweet" way. Each page begins with a challenging new vocabulary word that children can relate to cooking and baking. The illustrations are gorgeous. The richness of sharing the joy of baking cookies, talking about the new words, observing the illustrations, and creating a moment of togetherness with your favorite child is priceless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Cute book!

    This is a great book for kids. I love the message and it is perfect for those of us who love to bake!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

    I liked it

    I really enjoy reading this book to my daughter. I love the illustrations. She really enjoys it. We love the 1st "Cookies" book too. That's still our favorite and this comes in 2nd.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Lovely story

    Wonderful holiday story for children and adults.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Baking cookies and learning life lessons at the same time

    Along with the title Cookies by the same author, this book teaches about values, manners, and feelings by using cookie baking, decorating, eating, and sharing. Vocabulary words are transformed into being cookie related such as appreciative - Thank you so so much for taking the time to bake with me. . . . . . and thoughtful - Let's give some cookies to our neighbor. As a preschool teacher, I really liked the whole concept of teaching some "bigger" words with something as universal as a cookie. The illustrations incorporate a charming mix of animals and children. I actually gave 12 copies of this book to friends - both mothers and grandmothers - especially the ones who love to bake cookies.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    Like its prequel, COOKIES, CHRISTMAS COOKIES, is a delightful read and teaching tool for PreK-Grade 1 for introducing a "social vocabulary" for self and community.

    Using colorful paintings of children and animals, Dyer illustrates in endearing manner Rosenthal's words for how we express some of our own emotions - frustration, disappointment, loneliness, joy and peace - and community values - prosperity, perseverance, responsibilty, moderation and appreciation. In a reading circle, parents, grandparents or teachers can engage children in talking about the single emboldened word on a page and the illustration that so successfully clarifies the word. I have found in sharing this book with grandchildren we can move from exploring our own feelings to considering the needs of our neighborhood community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    A great book for the holidays. I purchased one for myself and gave several more for gifts.

    If you have young children or grandchildren I highly recommend this book.<BR/>The children that I gave it to absolutely enjoyed reading the story. I <BR/>could not put the book down once I started to read it. Not only is for the young but also for the young at heart.

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