Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Sweet lessons are easy to digest.

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Positive Messages

Teaches kids important character traits, like the meaning of courage.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons offer lessons about compassion and courage -- all defined through the baking of cookies.

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What's the story?

The author uses cookie baking to talk about important character traits.

Is it any good?

This gift book cleverly uses cookie baking to impart wisdom, making it easy for kids to understand some complex ideas. Even the youngest readers will know what it's like to deny themselves a just-baked cookie in the interest of good behavior. The definitions are friendly enough to make reading it fun for kids, who are likely to feel empathetic and be amused by the kids' dilemmas.

Color-washed illustrations of multi-ethnic children in old-fashioned Peter Pan collars and trousers enhance the timeless feel of the book. The pictures of anthropomorphized animals -- also in Peter Pan collars and corduroy trousers -- seem to be trying too hard to push the book into classic territory and end up weighing down the text. This is definitely a book parents will want to read to or with their kids to capture any spontaneous discussion or to point out quandaries.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the values explored through the whimsical definitions. When do you feel proud? Can you give an example of a time when you demonstrated compassion?

  • Do stories involving cookies make the definitions easier to understand? 

  • Does the art look old-fashioned to you? Why or why not?

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