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The difference between babies & cookies
Hanson, Mary Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A young girl thinks that her mother is confused when she compares babies to such things as cookies, puppies, bread, tiger cubs, and sunshine.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 57734.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Are babies really as sweet as cookies? Do they really smell like whipped cream? In this charming picture book told from a child's point of view, a wise-beyond-her-years older sister sets the record straight: Mom may think her new baby is as warm as a ray of sunshine, but in truth--though we love them anyway--babies come with their own set of rules!
Mary Hanson's gently humorous text is accompanied by Debbie Tilley's hilarious illustrations in a warmhearted family tale that will tickle babies, their siblings, and busy parents everywhere.

Author Notes

MARY HANSON is a former librarian and the author of Snug . The Difference Between Babies and Cookies is her first book for Harcourt. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

DEBBIE TILLEY is the illustrator of Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. She lives in Escondido, California.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. An older, wetter, smellier, and wiser little girl compares what her mother said the new baby would be like to her real baby sister. Pregnant Mom says, "Babies are as sweet as cookies," but the girl learns they can't be dipped in milk. Mom says, "Babies are as cuddly as puppies," but the girl finds that they drool a lot more. To her mother's remark that babies "smell like whipped cream," the little girl responds, "Don't count on it." There are other comical comparisons, as well--to worms, to apples, to fresh-baked bread. Pastel watercolors soften the depictions of drool, diapers, and slop, and the perfectly round, pink baby is irresistible. A clever resolution brings things full circle in this humorous handling of a child's discovery that babies aren't as advertised. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

A girl debunks myths about babies in Hanson's (Snug) humorous primer for siblings. Early on, Tilley's (Riddle-Lightful) springy watercolors present mother and daughter admiring the seemingly innocuous infant ("Mom says babies are as sweet as cookies"). Next, an illustration shows the baby knocking over a glass of milk as the sister nervously grips the high chair ("But I learned that you cannot dip them in milk"). When the mother cradles the baby in her arms, exclaiming, "Babies are as cuddly as puppies"), the child responds, "They drool more." The pattern continues, but midway through the book the illustrations begin to change tone. After mom opines that babies are as playful as tiger cubs, Tilley pictures the narrator caught in the act of painting tiger patterns on the baby's solesbut it's clear she and the baby have been having fun. Grins replace the grimaces, and everyone beams in the family portrait that appears in the end: "I'm just glad I'm here to help take care of our baby," says the child. "She shouldn't grow up thinking she's a cookie." Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In this duet, Mom is continually comparing the new baby to sweet and positive things. On the flip side, big sister refutes each claim or adds qualification to the comparison, reminding readers that infants can be a real handful. "Mom said babies are as cuddly as puppies." "They drool more," the older child comments. "Mom said babies are like sunshine on a rainy day." "Especially when they're covered in mud." It's clear that the girl adores her new sibling; it's just that Mom is the idealist and she's the reality check. The layout is consistent and effective. The mother's ideas are presented on the right-hand page so that readers must turn it-the perfect comedic pause-to hear and see the retort. This creates a sense of anticipation. Through the illustrations readers see the baby grow, from highchair to crawling and finally walking. The watercolor illustrations help set a light and breezy tone. A loose black line defines open-faced, cheerful characters. Readers' views of the scenes remain up close; everything feels sunny and friendly, with plenty of innocent humor. On the final page, Dad appears in the framed portrait of this loving and supportive family unit.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.