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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006058081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060580810
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Cookies provide the vehicle for Rosenthal's (Little Pea) deliciously charming collection of defined and illustrated vocabulary words that serve as gentle guides to etiquette. Dyer's (Time for Bed) scenes of old-fashioned kitchens and balmy outdoor picnics create a feeling of nostalgia, while the cast of multi-ethnic children and their assorted animal friends provides a balancing contemporary feel. Vocabulary words appear, one or two per page, in bold capital letters; definitions follow in lower case, and each term warrants its own illustrations. "Cooperate means, How about you add the chips while I stir?," the book begins. The accompanying full-page watercolor, on the opposite page, features a curly-topped redhead stirring batter, while the bunny and dog at either side add chocolate chips (all three sport white aprons). Words such as Patient, Proud, Modest and Respect are defined in straightforward, cookie-related terms that children of all ages will comprehend. For example, "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." Three vertical panels illustrate a horse entrusting his cookie to an Asian girl, putting on his coat and leaving; the next full-page painting shows the girl still stoically resisting temptation when the horse returns. Dyer's art finely complements the simple yet profound wisdom that flows throughout Rosenthal's inspired text. This story is likely to have a multi-generational appeal. All ages. (May)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 Using the activity of making and eating cookies, the author defines some important concepts for young children, such as respect, trustworthiness, patience, politeness, loyalty, etc. The book begins: COOPERATE means, How about you add the chips while I stir? and continues with one definition per page. For example, FAIR means, You get a bite, I get a bite….; REGRET means, I really wish I didn't eat so many cookies; and CONTENT means sitting on the steps just you, me, and a couple of cookies. Lovely pastel watercolor illustrations show appealing children and anthropomorphic animals interacting with one another and the treats. Although books dealing with this type of subject tend to be didactic and preachy, the utilization of the cookies to explain the concepts is a brilliant idea and works well on a child's level. The text is short and clear, and the book is delightful to look at and browse through. This is a good choice for one-on-one reading or to start an interesting class discussion. Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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More About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things. Some things she likes to make:

Children's books.
Grown-up books.
Short videos.
Speeches.
Salads.
Connections with the universe.
Something out of nothing.
Wishes.

According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting."

Her 20+ books for children include EXCLAMATION MARK, LITTLE PEA, SPOON, CHOPSTICKS, DUCK!RABBIT! and PLANT A KISS.

As for her adult work, Amazon named ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE one of the top 10 memoirs of the decade. She is also the creator of a specialty line of keepsake journals.

Her viral videos include THE BECKONING OF LOVELY, THE KINDNESS THOUGHT BUBBLE, and THE MONEY TREE. You can also find the videos of her three TEDx talks online.

In the summer of 2013, she embarked on a year-long project to create and launch a new website every Wednesday (awebsiteaweek.weebly.com)

A longtime contributor to public radio, Amy lives in Chicago with her husband and children. She lives digitally at whoisamy.com.

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Cookies is quickly becoming a favorite book at our house.
K. P. GILLEN
The book is a delight to read and a great way to teach kids lessons such as sharing, patience, respect, trustworthiness, cooperation, compassion, etc.
Joan Bess
Beautiful illustrations and wonderful lessons about integrity and values.
Lisette Volz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Wendy the Mom on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is such a wonderful book. I was attracted to Jane Dyer's lovely illustrations and fell in love with the story. By using chocolate chip cookies, Rosenthal explains such things as envy, greed, cooperation, kindness, etc in a manner that helps children understand and gives adults a reason to smile. Today is my daughter's 6th birthday. Rather than take in treats that would be forgotten quickly, she gave her kindergarten teacher and class a copy of this book as a present. The teacher (and class) loved it. This book would be a wonderful present for a young child (say kindergarten to first grade) and a welcome addition to any libary. I cannot recommend it enough.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. P. GILLEN on May 15, 2006
Format: Library Binding
My kids get this! Cookies is quickly becoming a favorite book at our house. Some of the words and concepts are difficult for kids to grasp, and admittedly not words that I work into daily conversation with my little ones. But having a book that so beautifully compares words like "modest", "fair", and "generous", with cookies makes sense to little minds. One of my favorite words is "open-minded". A bunny offers green cookies to a little girl and the captions reads, "I've never seen cookies like that before, but, uh, sure, I'll try one." A great lesson for adults too. This book has been a wonderful conversation starter with my children. But they always want to have a cookie after we read it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Summer on May 8, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Sweet ways of teaching the young ones the little lessons in life, ie: patience, respect, etc. Cute b/c the lesson always surrounds cookies. For patience, it's waiting for the cookies to be done. Respect, offer the first cookie to Grandma. Nice illustration too - images looks very "soft".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DSB on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is only 3, and we love this book. Together we read it and discuss the meanings of the words, to which she catches on quickly. The illustrations are beautiful and add immensely to the lessons on each page. We have reached our 'renew' limit at the library, and will now buy our own copy -- this is the type of book to hold onto and pass on. We will also buy a copy for her best friend this Christmas, it will make a great gift, much more lasting than a toy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joan Bess on June 29, 2006
Format: Library Binding
I bought this book for my husband who is known for baking the best tasting cookies in the small town where we live. The book is a delight to read and a great way to teach kids lessons such as sharing, patience, respect, trustworthiness, cooperation, compassion, etc. The illustrations are warm additions and you can almost smell the cookies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on November 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The point of this book is simple: We have absurdly adorable kids and anthropomorphic animals running around demonstrating the meaning of vocabulary, with a helpful dose of character as well, using cookies as props.

I find the human-sized animals in clothes a bit much, but I like the point of this book and the execution. Every word is described (often with dialog instead of a traditional definition) with cookies as the example. For instance, Content is "Sitting on the steps, just you, me, and a couple of cookies" and Modest is "You don't go running around telling people you make the best cookies, even though you know it's true".

This book is a must in every early elementary classroom, and just about every home as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gigi2 on March 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My four year old loves this book, and so do I. Since we love to bake on special occassions, the book seems a lot more comprehendable to my child. She compares her own experiences with the lessons in the book, and loves it. Great book, and makes a great gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kaycita on February 8, 2007
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I think I have purchased 15 copies of this book to give to my friends' and cousins' kids. For any one who loves to bake (or eat) cookies, this book provides a charming and fun way to talk about how we relate to each other.
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