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  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152024069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152024062
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,230,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A girl debunks myths about babies in Hanson's (Snug) humorous primer for siblings. Early on, Tilley's (Riddle-Lightful) springy watercolors present mother and daughter admiring the seemingly innocuous infant ("Mom says babies are as sweet as cookies"). Next, an illustration shows the baby knocking over a glass of milk as the sister nervously grips the high chair ("But I learned that you cannot dip them in milk"). When the mother cradles the baby in her arms, exclaiming, "Babies are as cuddly as puppies"), the child responds, "They drool more." The pattern continues, but midway through the book the illustrations begin to change tone. After mom opines that babies are as playful as tiger cubs, Tilley pictures the narrator caught in the act of painting tiger patterns on the baby's solesbut it's clear she and the baby have been having fun. Grins replace the grimaces, and everyone beams in the family portrait that appears in the end: "I'm just glad I'm here to help take care of our baby," says the child. "She shouldn't grow up thinking she's a cookie." Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reSchool-K-In this duet, Mom is continually comparing the new baby to sweet and positive things. On the flip side, big sister refutes each claim or adds qualification to the comparison, reminding readers that infants can be a real handful. "Mom said babies are as cuddly as puppies." "They drool more," the older child comments. "Mom said babies are like sunshine on a rainy day." "Especially when they're covered in mud." It's clear that the girl adores her new sibling; it's just that Mom is the idealist and she's the reality check. The layout is consistent and effective. The mother's ideas are presented on the right-hand page so that readers must turn it-the perfect comedic pause-to hear and see the retort. This creates a sense of anticipation. Through the illustrations readers see the baby grow, from highchair to crawling and finally walking. The watercolor illustrations help set a light and breezy tone. A loose black line defines open-faced, cheerful characters. Readers' views of the scenes remain up close; everything feels sunny and friendly, with plenty of innocent humor. On the final page, Dad appears in the framed portrait of this loving and supportive family unit.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marni McGee on May 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you�re looking for an insipid, mushy story about siblings, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BABIES & COOKIES is not for you. On the other hand, if you�d like a good giggle and a fun book to share with your child, this witty book is perfect. The �conversation� between the main character and her mother is charmingly tongue-in-cheek. For example, �Mom said babies are as hungry as bears. Unless you feed them mooshed peas.� The illustration on this page shows our main character splattered with green-pea blobs. Babies are not like cookies, and not like apples either, we learn: "You can�t give them to your teacher." In this delightful book, Hanson breaks through the �sweet and cute� mold, and yet the end result is both, after all. The illustrations by Debbie Tilley are fresh and endearing � pretty darn cute! And the book�s ending will touch your heart...pretty darn sweet. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BABIES AND COOKIES is a perfect gift for an older sibling and is guaranteed to be read again and again. It's as sweet as cookies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on August 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Before my little sister was born, my mom tried to teach me about babies. I listened carefully, but it's not as easy as you might think. Even my mom gets mixed up sometimes..." Mom thinks babies are as sweet as cookies, cuddly as puppies, hungry as bears and smell like whipped cream. But as our big sister narrator tells us, don't count on it. You can't dip them in milk like cookies. They drool a lot more than puppies. They're not always so hungry, especially when you try to feed them mooshed peas, and as for the wonderful aroma, just wait until you smell a dirty diaper. But they're awfully fun to play with, and as the little girl and her baby get to know each other, she finds Mom is right...babies are warm and soft, like sunshine on a rainy day and definitely a gift from the angels..... Mary Hanson's simple, endearing text is complemented by Debbie Tilley's sweet and expressive illustrations. Together word and art paint a captivating and engaging portrait of how wonderful a new addition to the family can be. Perfect for preschoolers, The Difference Between Babies & Cookies is a gentle and humorous story of growing love that is sure to touch your heart. As our big sister tells us at the end... "I'm just glad I'm here to help take care of our baby. She shouldn't grow up thinking she's a cookie."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just bought this book for my neighbor who's just had her second child. It's so cute and funny. Perfect for any kid who has to learn to deal with a sibling. But a hoot for all kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Difference Between Babies and Cookis is as sweet as, well, cookies! It's also as warm as a new baby cuddled in your arms, hilarious as a stand-up comedian, and as true as the changes a new addition brings to every family. This book would be a delicious choice for any child (and her/his parents!) about to become a sibling. (It will make only children laugh, too!) Highly recommended. This book has humor AND heart.
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