Children's Book Review: Cookie

Friday, August 21, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Ever since I became a parent, I've been concerned about what my kids eat. It seems feeding them healthy foods was easier back when they did not know what junk food was. I remember that on the day we celebrated my daughter's first birthday, she had no idea she was supposed to eat her birthday cake! She thought it was some sort of new toy... Well, those days are gone now. My daughter can ask for cookies and chocolate, and knows all too well what a cake is. And while I do say no most of the time, I am well aware that just forbidding poor food choices is not enough. Teaching kids healthy eating habits starts early and is a gift that will last a lifetime. To help this process, I am always on the lookout for books and movies with a positive message for kids, translated into words they can understand.

I came across one such book recently, Cookie by Lisa Woomer. This is a delightful children's book about a little girl who loves cookies. Her real name is not Cookie but that's what everyone calls her because she eats cookies for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. She absolutely refuses other food - even when her parents cleverly disguise the broccoli with some sprinkles. But then, she starts turning into a cookie! Thanks to the intervention of some healthy food, Cookie goes back to being her old self. She still loves cookies but eats them for dessert only.

My daughter and I greatly enjoyed reading about Cookie's adventures. I loved the kid-friendly wording and the message of the book: while eating cookies occasionally is OK, we cannot eat them all the time. The book also tells kids that choosing a variety of healthy foods is important. And, that old adage - You Are What You Eat - is retold in a fun and original way. The book gets its message across without being preachy. The illustrations are adorably simple yet reinforce the text - for example, Cookie wears a shirt with a cookie on it. The pictures are aimed to look like a child drew them - and make the book and its message even more kid-friendly.

If you are looking for a children's read to help teach your kids the importance of nutrition in an accessible way, check out Cookie.

Author Bio
Lisa Woomer, a former schoolteacher and mother of two, has studied fitness and nutrition as a hobby for many years. Lisa lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She likes preparing healthy food for her family, but also enjoys an occasional cookie.

About the book
Cookie by Lisa Woomer
ISBN: 978-1432730208
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: March 24, 2009
Pages: 25
S.R.P.: $17.95

You can purchase Cookie on Amazon.com. Many thanks to the author and Bostick Communications for this review opportunity and for providing me a copy of the book. No compensation of any kind was received in exchange of this review. The opinions expressed here are mine alone.

2 comments:

  1. Lisa Woomer said...

    Thank you so much for your fabulous review! As I was reading it, I was thinking...Wow, she is describing exactly how I felt and what I was hoping to accomplish when I wrote the story. I am really glad you got a chance to read it and I hope others find it entertaining and helpful as well.

    Sincerely,
    Lisa Woomer

  2. JS Huntlands said...

    Set in today’s day and time, Me and My Best Friend is about a young boy, his faithful companion and their exciting adventures.

    Henry and Liam are the best of friends and they do everything together. They can run and play all day long. But when Henry the puppy gets tired and tries to take a nap, three-year-old Liam keeps waking him, wanting him to play some more. Will Henry get any rest?

    Get your children involved with this beautifully illustrated book. Your child will love to match up words and pictures, and find Liam, who keeps hiding in his bedroom. Perfect for the young reader!




    About the Author

    J.S. Huntlands is the author of Nick Twisted Minds and is currently working on more books in this series, as well as 23 more books in the Me and My Best Friend series. Huntlands is a full-time writer, as well as a mom to a wonderful four-year-old boy. This book is dedicated to her son in hopes that he never forgets his best friend.

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