Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells the story of a young boy named Jack who learns from his generous mother the story behind the Christmas cookie. The family who began the tradition of baking the special cookies gave them to the needy and shared the story of the very first Christmas. This sweet holiday book offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves and encourages them to share the true tale of Jesus' birth. A delicious recipe is included on the jacket flap so readers can make their own Christmas sugar cookies.

Available on Amazon

About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of over 450 books. She still can't believe she gets to write for a living, helping children of all ages grow spiritually. Dandi and her husband, Joe, both write from rural Ohio, where they're blessed with three children and a variety of horses, dogs, and cats.

About the Illustrator
Richard Cowdrey's favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.

I received this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Thoughts:
I am not an extremely emotional person but this book brought tears to my eyes.  My grandparents were German decent and my grandmother was the best springerle cookie maker I know. It was a tradition to have springerle cookies. My grandparents have passed now, so of course this sweet story was enough to stir up some beautiful memories. 

Little Jack is missing his father who had to leave in search of work. He feels sad and alone, and life is not necessarily easy. One day he comes home and finds his mother baking Christmas cookies. But, they are not for them, instead for the needy. He's a bit let down, but his mother tells him the story of a wood carver a long time ago who carved the Christmas story into cookie cutters, and his wife made cookies for needy town people. They used those cookies as a way to share the true meaning of Christmas and bring joy. 

The story is short, sweet, and beautifully illustrated. It will be in my collection for years. My kids are going to love this book, because baking Christmas cookies for others is one of our Christmas traditions.

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