Overview


It’s easy to take a cookie out of the cookie jar: just reach in. But how does it get in there in the first place? It’s more complicated than you might think. Someone has to milk the cow, grow the wheat, harvest the sugar cane—everyone has a special job to do to make that cookie possible.

In Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?, George Shannon and Julie Paschkis take us on a delicious cookie journey, showing...

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Overview


It’s easy to take a cookie out of the cookie jar: just reach in. But how does it get in there in the first place? It’s more complicated than you might think. Someone has to milk the cow, grow the wheat, harvest the sugar cane—everyone has a special job to do to make that cookie possible.

In Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?, George Shannon and Julie Paschkis take us on a delicious cookie journey, showing how many hands work together so that one hand can take the cookie out—and so that you can take a huge yummy bite!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“One hand in the cookie jar takes a cookie out./ How many hands put the cookie in is what the world’s about,” writes Shannon (Rabbit’s Gift) in this reminder that it takes a great many people to make what’s in the cookie jar possible. Getting to a delicious cookie means not only those who work in agriculture (farmers, wheat growers, sugar harvesters), but also metal workers who make the cookie sheet, truckers who move the ingredients, and retailers who “stock the shelves when things arrive.” Even the garment worker who sews the oven mitt gets a shoutout (although, curiously, the potter who makes the jar does not). Paschkis’s (Apple Cake) mural-like spreads, with their warm colors and characters who exemplify a rock-solid work ethic and optimistic outlook, bring to mind a WPA aesthetic, with a little Lois Lenski and Virginia Lee Burton for good measure. Shannon and Paschkis present a world that’s flat (in terms of markets and the movement of goods and services) but still friendly. Ages 3–6. Author’s agent: Mary Cummings, Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. Illustrator’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Mar.)
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"Shannon and Paschkis provide a charming multicultural answer to the title question, creating in the process a confection that, while it may be most appreciated by socially conscious adults, will tempt young appetites as well." — Kirkus Reviews

 

"An appealing way to introduce the globalization of our food sources for the very young." — School Library Journal

 "This simple package provides a thought-provoking and positive global concept of product development that can be explored on a variety of levels. A recipe for sugar cookies is included at the end." — The Horn Book

"Paschkis’s (Apple Cake) mural-like spreads, with their warm colors and characters who exemplify a rock-solid work ethic and optimistic outlook, bring to mind a WPA aesthetic, with a little Lois Lenski and Virginia Lee Burton for good measure." — Publishers Weekly

"A hand dives into a cookie jar to pull out a treat. But how many hands were needed to put the cookie there in the first place? With a text as simple as the pictures are stylized, this is a charming look at the process." — Booklist

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Who does not love cookies? Everyone wants to reach right into the cookie jar and grab their favorite. George Shannon asks young readers to take a step back and look carefully at what really went into that cookie jar in this colorful picture book. Taking children through the process of growing the wheat and milking the cow, all of the ingredients are described and illustrated by multicultural adults and children doing the chores and activities required to bring cookies into the home. A few of the illustrations are a bit confusing—an illustration of butter being churned is not really conducive to children understanding how butter is made today, but, perhaps in other countries it is more prevalent. Even the seamstress who creates the oven mitt to take cookies out of the oven is depicted. The illustrations are colorful and convey the message that a multicultural, diverse blend of hands go into the cookies (or food in general) we reach for in our jar (or cupboard) every day. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This multicultural twist on the classic "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" looks at the many hands from across the globe that contribute to the making of just one cookie. Paschkis's rich folk-art illustrations show a factory worker making a cookie sheet and indigenous farmers harvesting sugarcane. The simple rhyming text is straightforward for the most part (though none the locales or workers' origins are identified). The tale takes a lyrical turn with, "Hands that clothe and feed them all./Heal and teach./Large and small. Hands that help/the hands that help/are what the world's about…many put the cook in,/so one can take it out." The recipe for sugar cookies will likely make this title the inspiration for a display or lesson about food around the world. An appealing way to introduce the globalization of our food sources for the very young.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Shannon and Paschkis provide a charming multicultural answer to the title question, creating in the process a confection that, while it may be most appreciated by socially conscious adults, will tempt young appetites as well. The brief text is composed of rhyming couplets that appear as two phrases on facing pages or as several short sentences across multiple pages or double-page spreads. The actions described may be quite different, but many of the simple sentences start the same way, keeping the focus squarely on the workers and their contributions: "Hands that make the cookie sheet"; "Hands that feed and milk the cow." While some of the locations may seem exotic, the mother and child busy baking in their cozy kitchen will be familiar to many young readers. Paschkis' folk-art–inspired gouache illustrations suit the simple language and the sentiment conveyed perfectly. Brightly colored, graphically appealing cookies on the cover invite readers to sample the story within, while the repeating motifs of sunshine, flowers, birds and butterflies that decorate the cookie jar appear again dancing in the blue sky and decorating the fertile land. Shannon ends with a recipe for sugar cookies, just in case readers are inspired to bake a few themselves. Purposive but pleasing, this gentle lesson in diversity, diligence and the dignity of hard work offers an appealing balance of art and information. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466830264
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author


George Shannon has loved books and cookies since he was too young to walk. His mother baked him cookies; both parents read him stories. As an adult George has written many books, and baked (and eaten) too many cookies to count. His favorite cookies to bake for friends are orange chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Picking a favorite cookie to eat is too hard!

Julie Paschkis is a painter and an award-winning illustrator of more than fifteen books for children. These picture books include folk tales, poetry, and biography. She has also been exhibiting her paintings for twenty years, and a love of pattern and of folk art shows in her work. The bottom line is that she loves to make things: paintings, books, designs, and cookies. Her favorite cookie is a little nut cookie, and her favorite cookie name is “rugelach.”

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