Tough Cookie by Kate Louise, illustrated by Grace Sandford, is a great little book for the holidays, especially if your family does any baking or holiday preparations. We love making Gingerbread men in this house, or should I say Gingerbread snowmen. But in this tale, if you forget the ginger, you’re in big trouble.
This gingerbread man is upset that he cannot be sold on the bakery shelves with his other friends — he’s missing the most important ingredient, ginger. He feels left out, and what happens when you feel left out as a kid? You often act out to get attention. He teases the other cookies, makes messes, chases cats, and generally wreaks havoc in the bakery. He has a good time while he makes messes, but what he’s missing is companionship. When the baker tells him that he has to leave, the gingerbread man has to make a big decision about his behavior. My daughter’s favorite parts were with the sprinkles and the gumdrops.
Tough Cookie by Kate Louise, illustrated by Grace Sandford, is adorable, and the illustrations are brightly colored, like candy, and have fun expressions ranging from surprise to dismay. The illustrator and author work well together in this book to create a fun, messy, lesson about good behavior, learning to fit in, and being a good helper in the kitchen.
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