If you have kids anywhere around preschool age, you probably have encountered Mo Willems' Pigeon.
A plucky little guy, he is constantly asking for things and getting turned down--he's tried to drive a bus, eat a hotdog, get a puppy and more, all to no avail.
In this new installment, matters are complicated by a duckling who gets his cookie as a result of nothing more than asking politely. The pigeon's silliness seems even more hysterical (both funny and hysteria-filled) when read in contrast with the imperturbable duckling.
When asked about his new book, the Caldecott winning author said simply: '??The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is probably my most research-heavy book to date. As the creator, I had to ask tough questions, like '??What kind of cookie?'?? '??How would the cookie taste?'?? and '??How would another one of the cookies taste?'?? This hard work was not done by an assistant; I have the belly to prove it.'?
Your preschooler may not know that there's a lesson in this book, but it's there...hidden in between laughs.
Jessica Kobrin Bernstein is a teacher turned overtired, over-educated SAHM of two. She is NYC born and bred, and is resisting a move to the suburbs with all of her might. She shares parenting rants, recipes and reviews at peekababyny.com. You can also find her on twitter @peekababy on Facebook and on Google+ +peek a baby.
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