Cookies: Bite-Sized Life Lessons is a splendid book written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Illustrated by Jane Dyer. The content of the book teaches children manners and respect. While the book sends a great message, the whimsical illustrations are what capture the reader’s attention. The pastel watercolor illustrations have a softness to them that is inviting and endearing. I love how animals are portrayed as humans and intertwined with the young children in the story. The illustrations enhance the meaning of each lesson and clearly demonstrate what the author is trying to get across.
The layout of the text is integral to the charm of the book. Lessons which have steps to understanding the meaning were paired with a small picture to show what the lesson looks like. Text on full picture pages seamlessly interacts with the illustration and do not take away from the quality of the artwork. The cookies make this book enticing for children and parents or teachers who get to read it!
Jane Dyer has illustrated the entire series of cookie books written by Amy Rosenthal. Her work can also be admired in Time For Bed by Mem Fox as well as Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead by Ruth Krauss.