Every once in a while I run across a new (or new to me) book that really hits the spot. The latest one is Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This book is for those who want to get across to our children concepts such as cooperation, respect, or fairness, but find it hard to put them in terms our little ones can understand. Using the idea of making, eating and sharing cookies, the author does a masterful job of using one sentence and one illustration to make these words perfectly clear. On the first page, a child stirs cookie dough with her animal friends. The text reads "Cooperate means, how about you add the chips while I stir." Any child gets that! Or "Fair means, you get a bite, I get a bite..."
I read this book and thought "Duh! Of course this is the perfect way to make a child understand!" I plan to work this book into one of my preschool storytime themes, maybe "Food." I recommend this book for everyone. You can buy it at MudPuddles Toy store, or of course, check it out from our library, but then you'd have to return it!