"Cookies and Cake & The Families We Make" is a book about exposure and acceptance of the diverse families that are part of our society: single parents, multicultural parents, two moms, two dads, one of each or even an unrelated guardian. Those families, who may at first seem different are quite similar, because what really matters is the love and care they give to their children. The author uses the metaphor of the different cakes and cookies we can bake to help young readers respect, accept and welcome diversity.
|Publisher:||Laredo Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||LAREDO PUBLISHING CO. INC.|
|Product dimensions:||7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
Jennifer Egan is a Colorado native, where she currently lives. She is a practicing nurse anesthetist and has been in nursing for over 20 years. Jennifer has a lovely partner and twin children who are soon to begin pre-school. She enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains.
Her hope with this book is to help children understand that there are many types of families and that those who may at first seem different are quite similar. As a parent herself, Jennifer wishes her kids to be accepting and accepted as all parents do.
About the illustrator: Robin K. Gulack resides in New Fairfield, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. Robin grew up fascinated with the art of Disney animated movies and cartoon series, but she received her calling during her years in college. When reading illustrated children's books, she looked at the different styles artists used to portray the characters in these children’s books; then, she understood that -through her art- she could relate to the authors who wrote them. Robin realized the great excitement she would have at being one of those artists.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As an early childhood professional that focuses on children's social-emotional development (and the parent of a 4 yr old)I highly recommend this book. We need to be encouraging children to understand individual differences because that is what makes each of us unique. Ms. Egan's book does a fantastic job in helping children understand that families too can be different and that love and understanding are what is necessary to help build children's self esteem and self confidence. I have personally shared this book with my daughter's preschool classroom and I also recommend it to teachers I work with professionally to help support children's social-emotional development.
I wish there were more books out there like this one! It teaches children, using metaphors and language they can understand, that all types of families exist and none are better than the other. This message is so important in this day and age when so many children are being bullied and harassed for being different. I think it is the responsibility of every parent, educator, care taker, etc. to teach children acceptance and this book is a wonderful tool to do so!
A great book to read with our children! Has aided in wonderful conversation around family diversity and caring for others in all environments.
I wish this book was around when my children were young, but I will share it with my grandchildren in the future. This is a wonderful teaching tool that all schools should be utilizing. Kindness needs to be an open discussion, this book opens the doors for that to happen. It is also a wonderful educational door opener for the anti bully topic, in a world where children are suffering from peer abuse this book educates the youth early on. Thank you Jennifer Egan for this wonderful piece of work!