In this Storybook Special, a fearful-looking cookie jar in Grandmother's kitchen inspires many story-telling sessions between the old woman and her grandchild. Each time a cookie is taken from the jar, she tells a story of the day when Indians lived under the starry skies. But when Grandmother dies, the child stays away from the jar, still afraid of it. Then Grandfather explains that now it is the child's turn to take the cookie jar and, when grown, to offer to others a cookie ``dusted with Grandmother's love'' and a story. Potter uses a desert palette of rosy pinks and sandy beiges to relate this quiet tale of enduring love. Miller writes lyrically, capturing in few sentences the ways in which an object feared can be transformed into an object cherished. Ages 6-9. (December)
PreS-Gr 1 A young Indian girl is fearful of her grandmother's Indian head cookie jar. But each evening the girl gets cookies from the jar and stories about ``the Indian people of long ago.'' She loves the stories, which give her pride in her heritage. When her Grandmother dies, her grandfather brings her the cookie jar, empty of cookies but filled with stories. The girl promises to keep grandma's spirit alive. Color pencil and crayon illustrations are generally appealing, but occasionally inaccurate (all Indian men would not be wearing full headresses in the situation depicted). It's also unfortunate that the author doesn't identify the people she is writing about. All in all, this is a book in which the author attempts to appeal to readers' emotions using loaded vocabulary rather than creating real characters who speak through their experiences. Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Pub . Lib .