Amy Krouse Rosenthal (April 29, 1965 – March 13, 2017)
As a former second grade teacher, I can say without a doubt, second graders are fun. They are wise and brave and malleable. They are independent enough to ease off on the neediness and needy enough to remind you of their dependence. It’s the perfect age.
Second graders love to test their independence… a lot. They experiment with their physical world, their growing mental cleverness, and relationships. They are willing to take risks in order to learn something new. And with the adults to guide them, second grade is where they learn how to fit into society, operate democratically, and practice good social manners.
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal offers a window to those concepts and more in the most delightful way. Apparently cookies have a lot to teach us about cooperation (you pour the chips in while I stir), patience (are those cookies done yet?), respect (giving Grammie the first cookie), generosity (offering some of your cookies to others), courage (admitting you ate the cookie) and wisdom (understanding that there’s a whole lot more to learn about cookies). Introducing children to the nuances of “getting along” and practicing kindness is what Amy Krouse Rosenthal brought to the world.
Lately, I’ve been wondering if using children’s books to teach adults would work as well as it did for second graders because lately, I’ve been thinking there are way too many adults who don’t know how to fit into society, operate democratically or practice good social manners. And lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Amy Krouse Rosenthal who died recently leaving us with yet another life lesson. She did so much to make the world a better place as a children’s author, writer, short film maker, wife, mother, and she did it all without being the president of the United States.
Perhaps I should send a copy of Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons to the White House.
Or maybe I’ll just make some cookies for the Trumpers in my life.
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse, and Jane Dyer. Cookies: Bite-size Life Lessons. New York: Harper Festival, an Imprint of HarperCollins, 2016. Print.