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Eleanor Abigail Kane has just experienced an August as dreadful as the black parts on a banana: her beloved babysitter, Bibi, has moved away to Florida to care for her ill father, and Eleanor is bereft. How she grows to love a new babysitter, while still cherishing Bibi, forms the center of this understated early chapter book. The story is told in straightforward, steady verse that echoes the gradual pace of Eleanor�s healing process. Surrounded by adults who are sympathetic to her loss, Eleanor is allowed time to grieve while being gently encouraged to find joy in new experiences and friends. Cordell�s winsome cartoon drawings complement the text without overcrowding the verse. The phrase �pickle juice on a cookie� is used at first to describe something tragic, and then something ridiculous, and fortunately, this title falls into neither category. It tells a simple, poignant story that will resonate with any child who has ever had to say good-bye. Grades 2-4. --Kara Dean

About the Author

Julie Sternberg, formerly a public-interest lawyer, is a graduate of the New School's MFA program in writing for children. This is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn. Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of Trouble Gum. He lives in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: Eleanor
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984240
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My name is Charlie, and I am 8 years old. "Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie" is a very good book. It made me think of my first babysitter, Ina, because we moved away from her. In the story, the babysitter moved away from them. Eleanor said, "My hand missed Bibi," and my hand misses Ina. It's a sad, but happy story. I recommend it to anybody!

Charlie, age 8
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
this book is... FABULOUS!!!!!! If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would rate it at least 115!!!

Julia 11
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on March 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Julie Sternberg's Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is a profoundly bittersweet story about the relationship between a young girl, Eleanor, and her babysitter, Bibi. Bibi has to move away to care for her ailing father and the irresistibly likeable and thoughtful, Eleanor, has to deal with her deeply sorrowful feelings over the summer. The book, narrated by Eleanor, draws the reader in, such that we feel Eleanor's depth of emotion and her struggle to find her way in the world again without her beloved Bibi. Eleanor creeps into your heart and you find yourself caring deeply for her. And, yes, I even cried at the end of this very touching book, which I read with my 11-year old son who thought it was the perfect book for any young child, particularly someone who was struggling with any type of loss!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on November 5, 2012
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This book was first reviewed on Kindle Nation Daily Kids Corner...

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
Author: Julie Sternberg
By: Yashvi S, 5th Grade
Teacher: Julie Treadwell

Summary: Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is a book about a girl named Eleanor who finds out that her favorite baby sitter Bibi is going to Florida for a long time to go take care of her father and it's summer vacation and her best friend Pearl is away too and her parents work so they find another baby-sitter Named Natalie And Eleanor doesn't like it at all because she only wants Bibi so Eleanor sends Bibi a letter it says:
Dear Bibi,
Agnes from upstairs is here.
Dad invited her.
He didn't ask me first.
Don't worry.
She is being very calm.
Yesterday mom bought me new pants.
So I will have them for school.
They're too big.
Nobody here can sew except for you.
And you left.
So I have to wear a belt.
I miss you every single day.
And I love you a million trillion.
Love,
Eleanor

A letter and waits for the mail everyday and one day she gets a letter from her new teacher Mr. Campanili and sends one back and finds out that Natalie and 3rd grade isn't so bad after all. A few days later she gets a letter back from Bibi and it says:
Dear Eleanor,
I am sorry that your pants are too big.
But that will change soon.

It is hot here in Florida.
In the afternoon my dad and I now sit on our porch and wait for the breeze.
We talk about you.
We talk about how smart you are and how funny you are and how sweet you are. I think of you every single day.
You will always be my Ellie. And I'll always be your Bibi.
Even If I'm here in Florida, sweating and you are far away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Nails on October 14, 2011
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This is an excellent book! I laughed and cried. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is sweet and truthful and all the characters are so lovable. You'll love it right from the very first page and won't be able to put it down. Julie Sternberg is a genius. Buy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By msmith on September 7, 2011
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"Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie" is a great read for children beginning chapter books. The length of each chapter is manageable and the added pictures are a plus. Eleanor faces a major change when she must say goodbye to her beloved babysitter. She also experiences changes as she deals with receiving a new sitter and beginning third grade. Students are sure to connect with this wonderful tale of Eleanor and her difficult summer.
As a teacher, I am always looking for books that have a great message and are written well. "Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie" is that sort of book. Students can learn to welcome the changes in their lives as they experience the changes that Eleanor must face. I also love the wording and layout of the book. The correspondence between different characters shows great use of letter-writing. The use of similes throughout as Eleanor compares her situations to various items is also a plus. I can see a lot of teachable moments coming out of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have a 7 year old who is advanced in reading. The trouble we have is finding chapter books that are age appropriate with subject matters she can relate to. This was a wonderful book for her. There are illustrations on most of the pages so it is a nice graduation from picture books to a chapter book. Also the chapters are short so she could read an entire chapter on her own.
The storyline starts off a bit sad but was a wonderful "life lesson". Sometimes things don't turn out the way we want them to in life but they turn out fine. The story is very true to life and shows that even though we don't get what we want, we can adapt and learn to be happy. My daughter LOVED this book and asked me to see if there are other books by this author (which sadly there aren't).
I highly recommend this book.
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