Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

Title: Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Jane Dyer

Publisher: Harper Collins, 2006

Book Type: Fiction, Concept Book

Ages: 5 and up

Themes: Manners, Vocabulary

Opening Sentences:

“Cooperate means,

How about you add the chips while I stir ?”

Synopsis (from Harper Collins site):

Everyone knows cookies taste good, but these cookies also have something good to say. Open this delectable book to any page and you will find out something about life. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as “fair” and “unfair” and what it really means to “cooperate.” The book is by turns clever, honest, inspirational, and whimsical. Go ahead, take a bite!


In the Classroom:

  • Lesson plan that discusses ways to include this book in a language arts class.
  • Felt cookies containing a character trait of the week. Click Here.


  • I couldn’t find a crossword puzzle on the web, so I made one up using Crossword Puzzle Maker. Here is the puzzle and the key. If you see any errors, please let me know.
  • Word matching game from Harper Collins for One Smart Cookie.

Why I like this Book:

Cookies is a very unique book, it teaches etiquette without being preachy. The book uses “cookies” as a means of explaining concepts such as Patience, Trustworthy, and Fair. My favorite line to use on the girls is “Patience means, waiting and waiting for the cookies to be done”; the best part is they get it! The illustrations complement the text very well in helping to convey the meaning of these higher-level words.

Older kids can read this and understand the meaning, as the text is simple and precise. For younger kids I would recommend a parent and child read it together, the book is a good conversation starter. Perfect for story time, classroom, or home library.

Other books in the series are: Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons, Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love, and One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond.

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.


24 Responses to “Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons”

  1. Love the illustrations! I like that it “teaches etiquette without being preachy”. Sounds like a great conversation starter. Great review!

    Hmmm cookies seem to be the theme this week as this is the second review I’ve read so far that has included this delectable little treat. Could this be our official snack of PPBF?

  2. This is a great choice for PPBF! It’s good to learn about manners in a nice way! I gree with Ms. Edwards….cookies would be a great snack! 🙂

  3. Thank you for the link to the nifty crossword puzzle maker!

  4. Manners is one of the most difficult things to teach, as a parent. We’ve read and reread The Mini Page’s manners edition, which comes out right around Thanksgiving. But this looks like another fun way to get the point across.

  5. Another exceptionally clever book that I wish I’d written!

  6. This book sounds terrific, Darshana! I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal – she’s great! And I love the idea of a book that helps kids understand those tough concepts like fairness and patience in a way that is readily accessible to them. So glad you shared this one – a worthy addition to our list! And how above and beyond creative of you to make up a crossword puzzle! Go Darshana!!! 🙂

  7. Ooh, I like this book. What a wonderful way to teach mannes. Amy Krouse Reosenthal writes such great books, but I hadn’t read this one. Thanks for the introduction. Great choice and I must look at it for my granddaughter.

  8. This is a new one for me. Thank you. I, too, love the nifty crossword puzzle maker!

  9. I love AKR’s other books, so I am sure I will like this one, too. Always nice to have some help with ways to explain concepts to kids in a way they will understand. Thanks!

  10. A great way to teach manners. The age is above my kiddo, but we may check it out to see if it helps. We’re reading lots of sharing books, etc. right now.

  11. A very interesting approach to these concepts.

  12. This looks like a delightful introduction to manners and concepts like waiting… (are the cookies done yet?) Thanks, Darshana!

  13. Darshana,
    Thank you for such a wonderful review and AWESOME activities and resources…you put a lot of work into rounding that all up for us. 🙂
    I really love the idea of using “making cookies” to “teach” manners, cooperation and fair play…so very clever…and kids will be able to relate to it.

  14. You are a superstar for making up your own crossword. Pretty cool! I love the idea behind this book. I’ll have to check this one out for my daughter. Thanks Darshana!

  15. I love this book idea. I can tell it will be very helpful around my house! Nice to meet you in the PPBF world!

  16. This is on my list now. I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

  17. What a super combination, yummy food and great lessons.

  18. I really like Rosenthal’s books but I am not familiar with it. It sounds like a helpful book to have on the bookshelf. Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf again. I’m pinning this post, too.

    • This is one of my favorites. I have used this for storytime in my kids’ KG & 1st grade classrooms. The teachers loved it. Teaches manner and vocabulary in an easy-to-understand way for kids. My girls love this book too since its about cookies!

  19. Did you know that Rosenthal is the Virtual Book Club author for October? We have been reading through several of her books, including this one! Thanks for the wonderful review and links.


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