AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL wrote more than thirty picture books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Dear Girl, (cowritten with her daughter, Paris Rosenthal) and I Wish You More (co-written with Tom Lichtenheld). A con-tributor to NPR, TED collaborator and speaker, filmmaker, and the author of two groundbreaking memoirs (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal ), she raised her three children with her husband Jason in Chicago. For more about Amy's life, work, and the Foundation formed in her memory, please see www.amykrouserosenthalfoundation.org. Jane Dyer is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Cookies series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, as well as numerous other award-winning picture books. She lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts.
PreS-Gr 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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Clever. Delightful. Engaging. Young readers will want to jump into the pages and join the gang for milk and cookies." -- Booklist (starred review)"Deliciously charming. Dyer's art finely complements the simple yet profound wisdom that flows throughout Rosenthal's inspired text. Multi-generational appeal." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Irresistible cast of characters. Beautifully rendered." -- Kirkus Reviews"Lovely pastel watercolor illustrations. A brilliant idea. Delightful to look at." -- School Library Journal"A delicious recipe for getting along in the world. Charmingly simple. The delicate watercolors perfectly match the tone." -- Chicago Sun-Times