Bethenny Frankel Debuts Her Latest Baby: A Children's Book
byKaitlin StanfordAug 07, 2014
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Between hosting her own daytime talk show, creating the Skinnygirl empire and penning countless cookbooks, there clearly isn't anything Bethenny Frankel isn't ready to take on, career-wise. And now, she's back again with a new gig to add to her ever-growing résumé: children's book author.
With "Cookie Meets Peanut," due out this September, Frankel tells the story of the not-so-instantaneous friendship between her own 4-year-old daughter "Peanut" (aka Bryn) and her beloved 14-year-old pooch Cookie. While the pair are now the best of friends, let's just say they got off to a rocky start.
While the "dog-meets-baby" storyline is one that plays out in households all the time, Frankel says the fact that she never saw this reflected in a kids' book is what inspired her to pen her own.
"When you have a dog, the dog is your baby," she said recently, sitting down with the Huffington Post. "Then you have a baby, and your dog is a dog ... Cookie was my life and of course, still is, but she got shafted for a minute."
Though the book won't hit shelves until September 23, Frankel at least knows it has rave reviews from one pint-sized reader, her daughter Bryn. "She likes the Snoopy and Woodstock of it all," said Frankel, who shares that both adults and kids will love the illustrations as much as the adorable story, in which Peanut and Cookie go on regular jaunts to places like "Starbarks" and "Barks Jacob" as their friendship blooms.
While chatting with HuffPost, Frankel also opened up about her favorite parts of motherhood (hearing her daughter say "I love you, Mama" is the best, in her book) and how she's made it her mission to raise a girl who cares more about being kind over being pretty.
"It started the second she was born," she said. "I remember my ex saying, 'She's so pretty, she's so beautiful,' and I said, 'She's a nice girl.'"
Bethenny also hopes to instill "creativity, passion, integrity, honesty and strength" in her daughter — as well as the notion that you should never say you "can't" do something. "You can do anything you set your mind to!" she says.
With a mom like Bethenny as her example, we're guessing Bryn has already gotten that memo.