Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?
by Shannon, George; Paschkis, Julie (ILT)

Shows the process of getting cookies to the cookie jar, revealing how cows are milked, wheat is grown, and sugar cane is harvested by the many hands that work hard to provide the basic ingredients that go into making these treats.

George Shannon has loved books and cookies since he was too young to walk. His mother baked him cookies; both parents read him stories. As an adult George has written many books, and baked (and eaten) too many cookies to count. His favorite cookies to bake for friends are orange chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Picking a favorite cookie to eat is too hard!

Julie Paschkis is a painter and illustrator who makes her home in Seattle, Washington. She loves to make things: paintings, books, designs, and cookies. Her favorite cookie is a little nut cookie, and her favorite cookie name is "rugelach." She won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Yellow Elephant, and her other acclaimed works include Vivid: Poems & Notes about Color and the bilingual book Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido. Paschkis also illustrated the Worldwide Stories (Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal; First Light, First Life; and Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child) and several picture book biographies, among many others.

A hand dives into a cookie jar to pull out a treat. But how many hands were needed to put the cookie there in the first place? With a text as simple as the pictures are stylized, this is a charming look at the process. After readers see hands-belonging to a little African American girl and her mom-mix the dough, the text and art move somewhere completely different, showing a worker making a cookie sheet and another sewing oven mitts. Then, on a farm, "hands that feed and milk the cow" become hands that churn the butter and guide the plow. All this is portrayed in a sturdy folk-art style that easily mixes birds and flowers with trains and packing cartons. Some children may be confused by the modernity of some scenes followed by others that show farm life from other eras and other places (for instance, a woman grinding her wheat into flour). But then everyone-bakers, farmers, workers-meet on a delightful final spread that seems to say there's no need for rhyme or reason, just the pure pleasure of enjoying company-and cookies! Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Shannon and Paschkis provide a charming multicultural answer to the title question, creating in the process a confection that, while it may be most appreciated by socially conscious adults, will tempt young appetites as well. The brief text is composed of rhyming couplets that appear as two phrases on facing pages or as several short sentences across multiple pages or double-page spreads. The actions described may be quite different, but many of the simple sentences start the same way, keeping the focus squarely on the workers and their contributions: "Hands that make the cookie sheet"; "Hands that feed and milk the cow." While some of the locations may seem exotic, the mother and child busy baking in their cozy kitchen will be familiar to many young readers. Paschkis' folk-art–inspired gouache illustrations suit the simple language and the sentiment conveyed perfectly. Brightly colored, graphically appealing cookies on the cover invite readers to sample the story within, while the repeating motifs of sunshine, flowers, birds and butterflies that decorate the cookie jar appear again dancing in the blue sky and decorating the fertile land. Shannon ends with a recipe for sugar cookies, just in case readers are inspired to bake a few themselves. Purposive but pleasing, this gentle lesson in diversity, diligence and the dignity of hard work offers an appealing balance of art and information. (Picture book. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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