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Fortune Cookies

by Albert Bitterman
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Published by Beach Lane, 2011
24 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-6814-6

Ages 3-6

A little girl receives a box in the mail with seven fortune cookies. “On Sunday my fortune said: ‘Today you will lose something you don’t need.’ ... My tooth came out!” She opens a cookie each subsequent day of the week, and each time the fortune comes true. “Try to find the good with the bad,” says her fortune on Tuesday, and she loses her kite (bought with tooth fairy money) but finds a cat. Each double-page spread features a life-size fortune cookie with a pull-tab that reveals the fortune inside. And each of the fortunes foreshadows another event in the story of the little girl’s week—a story of things lost, things found, and unexpected surprises, all interconnected in a full-circle tale. Albert Bitterman’s whimsical days-of-the-week concept book features a strongly patterned text and expressive, beautifully understated watercolor illustrations by Chris Raschka. Highly Commended, 2012 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 3-6)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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