Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons
  • Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons
  • Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

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by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brooke Dyer
     
 

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Everyone knows cookies taste good, but these cookies also have something good to say. Open this delectable book to any page and you will find out something about life. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as "fair" and "unfair" and what it really means to "cooperate." The book is by turns clever,

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Everyone knows cookies taste good, but these cookies also have something good to say. Open this delectable book to any page and you will find out something about life. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as "fair" and "unfair" and what it really means to "cooperate." The book is by turns clever, honest, inspirational, and whimsical. Go ahead, take a bite!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review)
“Clever. Delightful. Engaging. Young readers will want to jump into the pages and join the gang for milk and cookies.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“A delicious recipe for getting along in the world. Charmingly simple. The delicate watercolors perfectly match the tone.”
Booklist
"Clever. Delightful. Engaging. Young readers will want to jump into the pages and join the gang for milk and cookies."
Publishers Weekly
Cookies provide the vehicle for Rosenthal's (Little Pea) deliciously charming collection of defined and illustrated vocabulary words that serve as gentle guides to etiquette. Dyer's (Time for Bed) scenes of old-fashioned kitchens and balmy outdoor picnics create a feeling of nostalgia, while the cast of multi-ethnic children and their assorted animal friends provides a balancing contemporary feel. Vocabulary words appear, one or two per page, in bold capital letters; definitions follow in lower case, and each term warrants its own illustrations. "Cooperate means, How about you add the chips while I stir?," the book begins. The accompanying full-page watercolor, on the opposite page, features a curly-topped redhead stirring batter, while the bunny and dog at either side add chocolate chips (all three sport white aprons). Words such as Patient, Proud, Modest and Respect are defined in straightforward, cookie-related terms that children of all ages will comprehend. For example, "Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie." Three vertical panels illustrate a horse entrusting his cookie to an Asian girl, putting on his coat and leaving; the next full-page painting shows the girl still stoically resisting temptation when the horse returns. Dyer's art finely complements the simple yet profound wisdom that flows throughout Rosenthal's inspired text. This story is likely to have a multi-generational appeal. All ages. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Rosenthal builds a sort of dictionary of more than twenty useful and important words for young readers, all centered on cookies. For example, "Patient means waiting and waiting for the cookies to be done." The young girl and her dog in the illustration are waiting, and waiting, but "nicely." "Greedy means taking all the cookies for myself. Generous means offering some to others." Many other cookie-related definitions are included: proud, modest, pessimistic, optimistic, honest, courageous. Bringing the lessons to life are Dyer's sensitively imagined characters, some of which are children, others are anthropomorphic cats, bunnies, a horse, a few curious mice, and more. Sometimes it takes a detailed double-page scene to deal with the word and its emotional content. At other times a sequence of vignettes does the job. The typeface varies with the definitions and comments. To reinforce the lessons, Dyer instills a real personality in all of the appealing actors; note the sly glance of "Envy" and the hands-on-hips surety of "Proud." 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 5 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Using the activity of making and eating cookies, the author defines some important concepts for young children, such as respect, trustworthiness, patience, politeness, loyalty, etc. The book begins: "COOPERATE means, How about you add the chips while I stir?" and continues with one definition per page. For example, "FAIR means, You get a bite, I get a bite-."; "REGRET means, I really wish I didn't eat so many cookies"; and "CONTENT means sitting on the steps-just you, me, and a couple of cookies." Lovely pastel watercolor illustrations show appealing children and anthropomorphic animals interacting with one another and the treats. Although books dealing with this type of subject tend to be didactic and preachy, the utilization of the cookies to explain the concepts is a brilliant idea and works well on a child's level. The text is short and clear, and the book is delightful to look at and browse through. This is a good choice for one-on-one reading or to start an interesting class discussion.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The great sage Cookie Monster intoned that, "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me." Rosenthal and Dyer take that adage and run with it: "COOPERATE means, How about you add the chips while I stir?" and "PATIENT" means waiting nicely for them to finish baking. "RESPECT" means offering grandma the first cookie, and "REGRET" involves wishing one had not eaten so many. Don't miss the half-cookie riff on optimism and pessimism, either. There are indeed lessons, but they are neither didactic nor humorless. Dyer's irresistible cast of characters includes children of many ethnicities and a raft of animal buddies in the same world-space (the horse putting on his trench coat and asking a little Asian girl to hold his cookie until he returns-now that's "TRUSTWORTHY"). Beautifully rendered kitchens and streetscapes, gardens and backyards in sun-kissed colors pile on the charm. The last line falls a little flat, but that's balanced by the last image of a bespectacled Yorkshire terrier with a plate of star cookies, a pile of books and a star-spangled nightshirt. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060580810
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
133,982
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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