Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond

One Smart Cookie
written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
(Harper Collins) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

One Smart Cookie is a series of life lessons with a cookie theme. Each lesson starts with a single word, in bold print, followed by an example/definition. Several of the words are opposites. For example, arrogant and humble appear on opposing pages: Arrogant means, "Why is she acting like her cookies are so much better than everyone else's?" Humble means she doesn't go around talking about how great her cookies are; she just quietly does her thing. These morsels of advice are accompanied by adorable illustrations of children and animals making cookies. My favorite illustration shows a cat downing a bottle of milk and a dog eating the chocolate chips.

One Smart Cookie is a book I plan on using in my classroom at the beginning of next year. When you are trying to build a community and a culture in August/September, resources like this are invaluable. This book is also a great way to teach young children big words with big meanings. In an interview on YouTube (click below to view), author Amy Krouse Rosenthal talks about how she believes very young children are quite capable of learning large words. I couldn't agree more. I see a bulletin board in my future titled "Very Smart Cookies." This sweet treat of a book is a definite keeper.

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