One Tough Cookie - by Sean Cusack
Unlike his brothers and sisters, Chip - the youngest and only chocolate chip cookie in his family - doesn’t have any fun or special job like they do. Without a career to enjoy, Chip finds it hard not to be upset when each of his siblings has something that makes them special and happy. Chip grows tired of being teased by his brothers and sisters for not having a fun job, so he decides to find a job that he isn’t just good at but better at than his siblings! Unfortunately, by focusing on what he thinks he should be based on his siblings’ careers, Chip struggles to belong in any job that he tries. With the support of his mother, Éclair, Chip makes the decision to focus on himself and his dream in order to transform into what he always imagined he could be, and to show his siblings what one lone chocolate chip can do. By choosing his own path and staying more dedicated to his dream than any sibling in his family, Chip is truly able to become One Tough Cookie!
If your child likes superhero books like my son does, then you will love this one. I liked how you get to see Chip trying to be like everyone else in his family. He thinks one of the jobs that they do would be a good fit for him. This was a great way to open a discussion with my son about how people are not all good at the same things. Some are good at sports, some are better at school and we are all different and don’t need to be good at the same things. The illustrations in the book are very well done and look like great comic book style illustrations. This book will help your child learn about determination, not giving up, and working hard to achieve their goals. I tell my son this all the time - You can accomplish anything, if you put your mind to it.
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