Cookies : Bite-size Life Lessons
by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse; Dyer, Jane (ILT)

Definitions for everyday words, such as "fair" and "cooperation," are presented to youngsters in order to demonstrate important life lessons with regard to managing day-to-day choices, problems, and situations in a young person's world.

/*Starred Review*/ PreS-Gr. 1. Cookies provide the framework for this clever book, but the focus is really on the lessons to be learned about life. Designed as a dictionary of sorts, the book has an appealing design and delightful, endearing illustrations. Each spread features a word and a definition, which are further explained in an engaging picture. For instance, "Cooperate means, / How about you add the chips while I stir?" A young, earnest redhead with tousled curls stirs the batter while a rabbit and a dog dressed in children's clothes help out. Patient means waiting while the cookies bake. "Trustworthy means, / If you ask me to hold your cookie / until you come back, when you come back, / I will still be holding your cookie." There's much to think and talk about here, all made extremely palatable by Dyer's watercolors; it's hard to think of an illustrator who could have made this work better. Children and charmingly humanized animals mingle as they learn life lessons about everything from being open-minded to having regrets (too many cookies!). It all seems so real that young readers will want to jump into the pages and join the gang for milk and cookies. ((Reviewed April 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

The great sage Cookie Monster intoned that, "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me." Rosenthal and Dyer take that adage and run with it: "COOPERATE means, How about you add the chips while I stir?" and "PATIENT" means waiting nicely for them to finish baking. "RESPECT" means offering grandma the first cookie, and "REGRET" involves wishing one had not eaten so many. Don't miss the half-cookie riff on optimism and pessimism, either. There are indeed lessons, but they are neither didactic nor humorless. Dyer's irresistible cast of characters includes children of many ethnicities and a raft of animal buddies in the same world-space (the horse putting on his trench coat and asking a little Asian girl to hold his cookie until he returns-now that's "TRUSTWORTHY"). Beautifully rendered kitchens and streetscapes, gardens and backyards in sun-kissed colors pile on the charm. The last line falls a little flat, but that's balanced by the last image of a bespectacled Yorkshire terrier with a plate of star cookies, a pile of books and a star-spangled nightshirt. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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