Connect the Book
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons
by Carolyn S. Brodie
C ookies: Bite-Size Life
Lessons, written by
Amy Krouse Rosen-
thal and illustrated by Jane
Dyer, is the second book in a
that comes to mind for this book is to
actually make cookies! And eat them! If
permitted, a toaster oven can be used in
the classroom to make cookies. There is
absolutely nothing better than to read
stories about cookies and smell cookies
favorite kind of cookies on a cookie
▶Individual cookie-shaped books
can be made for children to write in and
share “bite-size life lessons” and favorite
cookie stories. Two six-inch circles out
baking. of light brown construction paper can be
set of books by this author/ ▶Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is used for the covers of a simple construc-
illustrator team to use the one of twenty books on The Mon- tion paper book. Black construction
arch Award: Illinois’ K-3 Children’s paper can be used for small chocolate
idea of “cookies” as the de-
Choice Award list (http://ux1.eiu. chips. Five-inch circles of white paper
vice for teachable moments edu/~psstorm/09monweb/ can be cut for the pages of the book. The
(HarperCollins, 2006). cookies.html). A list of side of the book can be stapled with 2-3
In this book, a variety of curriculum related staples and a few chips can be glued on
children make and eat cookies ideas for this book the cover.
to illustrate important “life” can be found on the ▶The following sites have cookie
concepts such as loyalty, opti- Web site (http://ux1. recipes for young people:
mism, cooperation, patience, eiu.edu/~psstorm/ Kids Cookies Recipes, from nick jr. of
respect, and compassion. For 09monweb/cook- Nickelodeon. http://www.nickjr.
example, the definition of trust- ies.html). Each of the com/recipes/all-shows/cookies-
worthy is “If you ask me to hold books on the list has a page treats/all-ages/index.jhtml
your cookie until you come back, when of ideas. There are forty-six recipes for kids with
you come back, I will still be holding ▶The Monarch Award page has sug- color pictures of the finished products.
your cookie.” These important words ap- gestions for resource Web pages that Kid Friendly Recipes, from Better
pear in bold capital letters on each page focus on cooking. One of the sugges- Homes and Gardens. http://cookie.
with their definition on the same page in tions provides a link to Kids Cooking betterrecipes.com/cookiesforkids.
smaller type. Club (http://www.kidscook. html
The watercolor illustrations provide com/ABOUT.ASP) As of this writing, there are 176 kid
lovely vignettes that exemplify life les- which is an interest- friendly recipes to try—something
sons with children as the central focus. ing concept simi- for every cookie taste tester.
The spirit of the book focuses on not lar to a “book of Why Should We Let Kids Bake
only good will to others but on good the month” club. Cookies? Cookies in Motion.
manners as well—making them good Through a subscrip- http://www.cookies-in-mo-
themes for study. Connections can also tion, recipients re- tion.com/Kids-Bake.html
be made to issues of development and ceive a kid’s cooking This site has neat hints and tips for
multicultural studies. project in the mail once kids baking cookies and a number of
a month. simple recipes.
Connect to Extension ▶Students may bring in their favorite
cookie recipes for a classroom cookie