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The Smart Cookie: The Food Group, Book 5

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Charming read-aloud has messages about learning differences.

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This sweet tale is rife with puns and packed with positive messages about self-confidence and navigating learning differences. When The Smart Cookie reflects back on his school days, readers are invited along to join him on his evolution from a nervous cookie full of self-doubt to an exuberant learner and valued member of his bakery community. Kids of all ages can empathize with the Smart Cookie's plight and will cheer for him once he gains the confidence he needs to shine in the world.

As always. Pete Oswald's illustrations are delightful and full of life and whimsy, and perfectly complement Jory John's silly -- but heartfelt -- writing. This writer/illustrator duo again strikes the right balance of engaging yet intentional storytelling that can help kids understand and relate to some of life's challenges. The Smart Cookie can help kids confront some of the pressures of early school years through memorable characters and an amusing and ultimately rewarding tale.

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