"Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar"

Bitty cookie monsters are sure to be sweet on July’s Baby Buzz Pick, “Who put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?” by George Shannon. This informative and entertaining new picture book has been chosen as the Baby Buzz Pick by parent educators with the Washington School District.

Each month, the group selects a quality, hardcover book for children birth to age 5. The group has been partnering with The Missourian on Baby Buzz for the past six years. The parent educators purchase additional copies of the Baby Buzz Picks to use in their visit with parents and children.

A review of each month’s Baby Buzz Pick is featured in the second weekend issue of The Missourian. An ongoing list of Baby Buzz Books is continually updated and available at emissourian.com.

The following review was written by Nancy Nagel, area literacy advocate.

“Who would think something as simple as a cookie could tie people together from around the world? This beautiful picture book shows how the sweet treats from the kitchen cookie jar are provided by the laboring hands of those from around the globe.

“’One hand in the cookie jar takes a cookie out. How many hands put the cookie in is what the world’s about.”

“The rhyming, sparse text tells the story behind the cookie jar. ‘Hands that sow and grind the wheat into flour for us to eat….Stock the shelves when things arrive. Hands that clothe and feed them all, heal and teach, large and small, Hands that help the hands that help are what the world’s about.’

“The illustrations were created using gouache on paper. The rich colors and designs provide cultural context for the story. Families of all races and ethnic backgrounds grow wheat, milk cows, drive trucks and stock shelves. The concluding illustration shows everyone from the story sharing and munching on plates of cookies.

“The story and illustrations could be used to open a discussion with your young child about our food supply. Ask your child if they know where the various ingredients and foodstuffs in your diet come from. Help them learn by taking them to farmer’s markets, roadside stands and farms. If you live in an urban area, read books and watch videos about the subject.

“Cooking and preparing food together is a great way to spend time with the young child in your life. Choose simple recipes or foods. Something as easy as spreading peanut butter or cream cheese on crackers can be a chance to develop fine motor skills. Concocting a snack mix of dry cereal, pretzels, raisins, marshmallows and peanuts provides practice in counting, measuring, scooping, and pouring—all-important skills.

“Baking cookies together helps develop language, math and science skills. Share your favorite cookie recipes and stories from your childhood, or make new memories to last a lifetime with your child.”

Other parent educators favorites this month are “The Boy and the Airplane,” by Mark Pett, “When We Go Walking,” by Cari Best, “Thunderstorm,” by Arthur Geisert and “Bubbles the Dwarf Zebu,” by Carolyn Mueller.