Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Book Review - The Cookie Thief
Delightful story leads children on hunt to find ‘the cookie thief’
The Cookie Thief by Connecticut child educator Frances Gilbert is a charming, simple and engaging story about a family who is hit by a cookie thief.
Thomas is visiting Granny’s house when he hears a patter, a swoop and a rush and oh no. “Cookie thief! Cookie thief,” Grandma shrieks.
Cookies are disappearing, the whole family is in a state of shock. There are no more cookies to be had. People take precautions and start hiding them, "No cookie thief is getting my cookies!" they say. Even the animals are put to work and placed on guard. There are no more cookies to be found anywhere.
Thomas' wise grown up friend Kristina helps him make a plan to track down the cookie thief.
He looks everywhere. Who could it be? Will he find the cookie thief?
Colorful, detailed pictures lead young readers through the story. This is a wonderful read aloud book. Parents, grandparents and teachers will appreciate the simple lesson.
About the Author
Frances Gilbert was born in London and emigrated to the US where she became a special educator. Frances has worked with young children for over thirty years. Her interest in emerging reading and language led her to a writing career. Frances is a strong believer in the reading experience as a vital precursor to literacy for young children; she writes to be read aloud. She says rhythm binds language, language binds emotion and emotion binds meaning. Her stories quickly become favorites, read and enjoyed over and over again. Frances lives in Connecticut where she enjoys reading and playing word games with her six grandchildren. She loves old houses and gardens and her ambition is to own a sheep farm. She lives in Trumbull, CT.
Ben Quesnel is an artist and illustrator who is currently working as a part time elementary art teacher in the southern part of Connecticut. Ben recently graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Art Education. He lives in Stamford, CT.
My Take on the Book
Frances Gilbert has written such a cute story for you and your child to enjoy.
So who does not like cookies? What is your favorite cookie and how would you feel if someone stole all your cookies?
Thomas always seems present when the cookies disappear. Finally Kristina, Thomas's friend, has a plan to catch the cookie thief.
At first Thomas is willing to go along with the plan, but as soon as Kristina tells her brother they will hide behind the couch, Thomas is reluctant to help out. Can you guess why? What do you think is behind the couch?
I encourage you to read this story with your favorite child and then prepare a favorite cookie recipe with him or her.
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