COOKIES: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Jane Dyer
2006, HarperCollins Publishers, 33 pages, hardcover
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is an outstanding new addition to our family library! This book is a very clever mixture of gorgeous children, lovely pets, and scrumptious cookies combined with important ideas for all ages. I think that this is one of the most memorable "virtues" books that I have seen for young children. Difficult concepts are described both through subtle clues in the illustrations and through little stories related to cookies in the text. For example, "Cooperate" is defined as "How about you add the chips while I stir?" on a page with the animals in aprons helping a young child to stir the cookie dough. The book is probably best as a read-aloud as some of the typefaces that vary from page to page may be difficult for beginners to read. A delight to browse. A delight to hear. Over and over again.
Preschoolers and up, in the non-fiction section.
Reviewed by Susan Kalis (1-27-07)