{Virtual Book Club For Kids} Amy Krouse Rosenthal: One Smart Cookie Review and Printable Coloring Activity

October 15, 2012 in All Posts, Preschool, Preschool Literacy

Welcome to October’s Virtual Book Club For Kids blog hop!

This month we are featuring book reviews, activities, crafts, and recipes inspired by the works of children’s author and illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal. (All book links, including images, are Amazon Affiliate links).

We browsed a few at the library and ended up choosing One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond for this month’s book club post:

One Smart Cookie is all about “bite-sized” etiquette lessons using cookie analogies or looking at life through the magic of cookie baking.

For instance, Rosenthal explains “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.”

The illustrations remind me of the classic children’s books I remember from my childhood and even the ones passed down from my  mother’s generation.

My review: From a parents’ perspective, the language tries to be sweet, but is a little hard to digest for a toddler or preschooler.  It’s a cute book and I appreciated the illustrations (which were a little incongruous in flavor with the text), but we probably won’t be adding this one to our library. The language and tone is a little inconsistent and doesn’t really appeal to my personal taste for toddlers and preschoolers in that way that September’s books by Lois Ehlert (like Top Cat and Nuts To You) didn’t.

The children’s review: The kids were entertained and sat still for several readings, but they weren’t totally captivated and it’s not a book that they request in particular.

I’m really glad we were exposed to this author, despite the fact that it wasn’t a favorite, because discovering new authors and books is what this project is all about!

My daughter was inspired to make play dough cookies (with marker caps for chocolate chips!)

Virtual Book Club For Kids at The Outlaw Mom Blog

and we also came up with a fun coloring activity to go along with the book that you can download and print here: Cookie Coloring Activity

Virtual Book Club For Kids Outlaw Mom Coloring Activity


Did you read any books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal this month and come up with your own craft, activity, or recipe inspired by one of her books?  Please link up your post here!


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