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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fortune Cookies, written by Albert Bitterman and illustrated by Chris Raschka. Simon & Schuster, 2011. $17.99 ages 2 and up

"On Thursday my fortune

Good things come to those
who wait.

And guess what?

It rained all day.
So I built a fort."

When a box arrives in the mail and is opened by its recipient, she discovers that it contains seven (count them) fortune cookies. The tag says they are for Fortune and from Uncle Albert. She chooses to open one each day, for a week. The fortunes are tucked inside a cookie and released by a pull tab.

The first one, opened Sunday, tells Fortune that she will 'lose something you don't need'. Lo and behold, out comes a tooth! Leaving that tooth to the good graces of the tooth fairy, she goes to bed. Again, the fortune seems to match the circumstance. It tells her that 'money is like the wind.' She takes that to mean she should use the money under her pillow to buy a kite...which she does.

On she goes opening a new cookie as each day passes. Her fortune wavers from one event to the next, each seeming to match the prophecy found in the delectable cookie, until the one on Saturday suggests 'seven is your lucky number'. Indeedy, do! How many fortune cookies did she get? How many days in the week are there? How many kittens might there be in a litter? If you guessed seven, you are right!

So many things to enjoy in this little book....a bit of a game with the pull tabs, wonderful art, the ups and downs in a child's day-to-day life, a lesson in counting and the days of the week, and an exciting bonus as the week comes to a close...a clear reminder of the wondrous gift that all this good fortune truly afforded her....and us!

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