What a gem of a story! Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons explains the meaning of 21 different words -- some common, some new -- by defining them in terms of scenarios to which kids can easily relate. The idea behind this adorable story is so creative and brilliant. I just love it! The illustrations are lovely, too. Here are a few of my favorite examples from the book:
Cooperate means, How about you add the chips while I stir?
Modest means you don't run around telling everyone you make
the best cookies, even if you know it to be true.
Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back,
when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie.
Open-minded means, I've never seen cookies like that before, but, uh, sure, I'll try one.
Regret means, I really wish I didn't eat so many cookies.
Sweet, isn't it?
My kids are always asking me what words mean, and sometimes I struggle to define them in a way they can easily understand. When this happens, I've found it is better and more meaningful to use the word in context rather than giving them a more traditional definition. Cookies does just that, only far better and more creatively than I ever could. It's sweet, clever, and a great way to teach children about some of life's most valuable qualities. Combine reading this story with baking cookies of your own and you've got a perfectly fun-filled afternoon!