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Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-28 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 94 user ratings
ISBN:006058081X
LANGUAGE:English

" There's something in the subtitle or description of this book that mentions "school-age kids" or the like. I totally disregarded that and tried to read this to my own preschoolers a couple of years ago. Big flop.Picked it up this week and it's spot on for kids heading off to school in a few weeks (some for the first time). Nicely illustrated, great kid-friendly "definitions" of important words, and an all around great book. " said.

"What a fantastic exploration of big, important concepts in a way that is accessible to children! Important words like courageous, optimistic/pessimistic, compassionate, trustworthy--every page as important and precise as the next. Every word is perfect--so carefully chosen--and Jane Dyer's illustrations are spot on--look at the expression on that proud face! (The hair on these children took me back to when I read her Animal Crackers with my young children!) And all the "definitions" revolving around the act of baking and eating cookies--so smart, fun, and effective!" said.

"I need to get this one for my classroom library! When I first looked at it, I was skeptical- it's kind of just definitions/examples, rather than a story. However, as I kept going, I realized, what a perfect way to work on definitions and understanding character traits in context! What each word means in the same context, in the same situations, so kids can really get it! Many kids only know "optimism" and "pessimism" only in the context of a glass of milk. Respect is a word they hear, something to give grownups, but what does that look like? GREAT book!" said.

"If you have a five to seven year old, this is the book for you. It adorably teaches abstract concepts like courage, loyalty, honesty, and envy from the standpoint of... well, eating cookies. Beautifully, simply, and virtuously written, this book deserves to be on every child's bookshelf. If you'd like a preview (without, sadly, the beautiful and endearing illustrations) try the Nodcast Podcast, which has a session of Rosenthal reading this, and Little Pea, along with two songs, one for each book. " said.

"This is the book so many parents in the library are looking for. It explains characters and values (respect, modesty, pride, generosity, etc.) via the analogy of cookies -- simple and in scenarios kids will understand (waiting for the cookies to be done, not bragging about having the best cookies, open-mindedly trying a weird cookie a friend is offering, etc). Includes animal characters and racially diverse human children. If you know Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books, you probably know you'll like this. " said.

"The book jacket calls this book a "new kinds of dictionary," however it is not in alphabetical order nor does it contain an index or table of contents. That's okay, because while it doesn't work as a dictionary, it does succeed at teaching little life lessons through cookies. For example: "Proud means, my chin is high, and I sure do like the way my cookies turned out." and "Modest means you don't run around telling everyone you make the best cookies, even if you know it to be true." This is a sweet book with equally sweet illustrations." said.

"Just excellent! Simple text. Some of it might be a little hard for my almost 4 year old daughter to explain but she enjoys it and my added explanations from incidents in her daily life she can relate to. Funny thing too....I normally skip the pages on pessimistic and optimistic because I felt that the concepts might be too hard for her to understand and even pronounce but she caught me this time and when she couldn't say opitmistic she said 'happy-mistic'! Now that is our new word!
I she loves most of the books by this author!
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"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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