A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Terrific testament to the various ways kids can be inspired to believe in themselves. Relays some foundational principles of education and portrays an ultimately positive experience of one student's journey to success.
With the right encouragement, even students who are really struggling can find success in the classroom and beyond. Sometimes it takes a different technique, teacher, or assignment for kids to understand their potential and gain self-confidence -- and that's OK.
Positive Role Models
Although he's currently in a very positive head space living in a close knit community, the Smart Cookie really struggled with school and fitting in when he was younger. It took the right teacher (Ms. Biscotti) assigning the right lesson (create something completely original) that finally resonated with the Smart Cookie. He then gained the support and self-confidence he needed to find success in and out of the classroom.
The main character feels like he doesn't fit in and he doesn't have enough self-confidence to believe in himself. The bakery he lives in now includes a whole cast of pastries of all different sizes and colors. Even though the Smart Cookie didn't feel like he fit in when he was younger, today he lives confidently in his diverse baked goods community.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Smart Cookie is another charming collaboration between best-selling team of author Jory John and illustrator Pete Oswald. In The Smart Cookie, the main character is a self-assured cookie who reflects on how he struggled with school and trying to fit in when he was younger. There are great messages here about how everyone learns in different ways and at different speeds, and sometimes a spark of unexpected inspiration can also spark a lifelong love of learning. The Smart Cookie and his bakery pals are all colorful, fun, and memorable characters, and the writing is full of clever puns. Kids -- and adults -- of all ages can appreciate the timeless messages and whimsical storytelling.
Is It Any Good?
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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