How the Cookie Crumbled
How the Cookie Crumbled
Gilbert Ford, illus. by Gilbert Ford
ISBN 9781481450676
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.
5 stars
Keywords: 4-7 ages gilbert-ford how-cookie-crumbled

How the Cookie Crumbled
by Gilbert Ford, illus. by Gilbert Ford

Whether it is straight from the oven, crispy or chewy, or just barely baked, however you eat your chocolate chip cookies, there’s one thing all chocolate chip cookie lovers know: there is no better cookie.

So when Gilbert Ford set out to find the story and the lady behind the ubiquitous chocolate chip cookie, he discovered that the cookie dough that we can buy prepackaged was the invention of Ruth Wakefield and a product of The Great Depression. During the 1930’s, the Wakefields opened up The Toll House Inn--(sound familiar?) What author/illustrator Ford does best though, is create a narrative that allows child readers to decide which way Ruth Wakefield actually invented the chocolate chip cookie, calling the three possibilities: The Disaster, The Substitute, and The Mastermind. Perfect for classrooms or storytime between bakers and their children, How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie, will make you think twice about the facts, and putting those clues together to decide how Ruth Wakefield really invented the cookie we know and love today.

Read the interview with author & illustrator Gilbert Ford here!

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