Saturday, December 24, 2016

Kid Konnection: The Way the Cookie Crumbled

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a cute book for early readers that's especially pertinent considering the amount of cookies I've been baking for Christmas.

Summary: C is for cookie in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read that explores the history of cookies, part of a series about the history of fun stuff!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I used to have gingerbread cookies molded into the shapes of her favorite advisers? Or that Girl Scouts used to bake the cookies they sold themselves? Or that if you stacked all the Oreos ever made, they would reach to the moon and back five times? Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on the super-sweet history of cookies and amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read!

A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like science, social studies, and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning history has never been so much fun! -- Simon Spotlight

THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Kelly Kennedy is a very fun way for early readers to learn about something all kids love... cookies. This 48 page Ready-to-Read book is a Level Three book aimed at kids in grades one through three, and it's officially a Lexile ® NC930L if you're interested.

THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED is a terrific early reader book. In fact, it will make your kid a "History of Fun Stuff Expert" on cookies. This book teaches kids about the history of cookies and begins about ten thousand years ago when people mixed grain with water to make something that resembled a cracker. It follows cookies through the Middle Ages when bakers started including spices to their recipes to the early 19th century when baking soda and baking powder were introduced. The book continues with a chapter about cookies "catching on in America" and even teaches readers about the invention of the chocolate chip cookie.

There are so many fun facts in this book! One of my favorite parts was the section on the world's most popular cookie. I don't want to give it away, but I can definitely say that this store-bought cookie is extremely popular in my house. I can barely keep them in stock! There are also fun tidbits about other famous cookies including Fig Newtons, Girl Scout cookies, and fortune cookies.

THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED also has some great information in the back of the book. There is a section on cookies around the world with illustrations and definitions as well as a section on the science behind baking cookies. There is also a section that teaches kids how to double a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. And the book ends with a fun little quiz on the history of cookies. This is seriously one great fun and delicious book!

Thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


bermudaonion said...

I love books like that and drive everyone crazy with all the facts I learn from them.

Stacie said...

Oh my gosh, I want to read this book! Who knew there was a history of cookies!

Just Kidding said...

Thanks, Julie, for featuring my book and for the great review! All my best, Jody