Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 94 user ratings

"Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Age: 4-8 (could be used in older classrooms as well)
Summary: This book talks about different words and what they mean in reference to making and eating cookies.
Applications/Uses: When students are learning new vocabulary words a good place to start is Cookies if the word appears in the story. Students can also think up their own way to define a word using the cookies format if the word isn't found in the story. If students are doing a unit on being a good citizen, Cookies might also be a good place to start their unit.
Themes/Connections: Vocabulary words, cookies, being a good person
Awards: None
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"Amy Krouse Rosenthal's approach to children's books is something I generally like. She takes those important (and sometimes overdone) big concepts - self esteem, individuality, and in this case, manners - and gives them a fresh face that appeals to modern, 21st century kids.

In a list of definitions reminiscent of A Hole is to Dig, Rosenthal gives us her advice on how to live and how to treat others using a cookie theme.

Here are three examples from the book:

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.

Fair means... You get a bite, I get a bite. You get a big bite, I get a big bite.

Unfair means... You get a bite, and now I get the rest.

Rosenthal does an excellent job of defining abstract ideals using the simple, familiar image of a batch of cookies, and Jane Dyer has illustrated the book with beautiful paintings of kids and animals alike enacting what Rosenthal's words recommend. I can imagine this would be a useful book to use in a preschool or kindergarten classroom, and also for families to share when learning about how to treat one another.

A tasty little book, and highly recommended.

Read at preschool story time on 12/12/11:
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"Some of the things adults would like children to know are hard to explain. How to explain "respect?" How about "trustworthiness?" Using the metaphor of cookies, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jane Dyer have created a guidebook to good morals that both kids and adults will enjoy. Proud, in cookie terms, means "I sure do like the way my cookies turned out." Modest, on the other hand, means "you don't run around telling everyone you make the best cookies." The watercolor illustrations include a diverse cast of human children and a collection of anthropomorphic animals. Bunnies, dogs, cats and horses all wearing clothes help children make cookies, fess up when they take cookies they shouldn't have taken, and navigate the world of cookie emotions. The word being defined is in a different font than the rest of the text, some of which is in a loopy cursive that might be a bit hard to read in a storytime setting. The book is large, but perhaps some of the details of the pictures would be hard to see from the back of a storytime room. I think this is a book adults will enjoy sharing with children, and a good fit for a storytime for three and four year olds. I would pair it with "The Nice Book" by David Ezra Stein, as described above. Also,Rosenthal and Dyer have two other similar titles, "Christmas Cookies: Bite Sized Holiday Lessons," and "Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love."
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" A wonderful book about Cookies, but filled with life lessons we can all benefit from....while eating a cookie of course! " said.

" All of life's lessons presented through cookies. Who knew it was so simple? :-) " said.

" Like a concept dictionary that explains some big ideas (respect, courage, generosity, etc.) in the context of cookies, making them easy for young audiences to chew. " said.

" Loved that this teaches children different vocabulary words, but at the same time relates it to something that kids really enjoy... Cookies! I absolutely adored the vintage inspired illustrations. " said.

" A sweet picture book that defines certain virtues and vices through the lens of cookies. " said.

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