The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth
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The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth

Illustrated By: Deborah Chabrian
Zonderkidz / 2008 / Hardcover

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During the Great Depression, a boy named Jack learns that people long ago shaped cookies into symbols of Christmas and used them to tell others the story of Jesus' birth. Even though Jack and his mother haven't had a single crumb in their cookie jar for a long time, mom decides to use some of their savings to make Christmas cookies for the needy people in their community. Children ages 4-7 will be delighted to discover what happens when Jack uses his own cookie to teach an old homeless man about Christ. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Zonderkidz
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 10.75 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 0310713285
ISBN-13: 9780310713289
Ages: 4-7

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Publisher's Description

It’s the Christmas season during a time when people had little money to spend. Cookie jars held pennies, not Christmas cookies. So when Jack smells something delicious coming from the kitchen, he can’t believe his nose. Cookies! But his excitement turns to disappointment when he learns the cookies aren’t for him. Instead, Mother is baking them for the needy people at their church. While Jack helps roll out the dough, his mother tells him the legend of the Christmas cookie. In a captivating interplay of simple words and beautiful illustrations, The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells a tender story of giving—not just cookies, but gifts of the heart that last forever.

Author Bio

Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book 2015 and multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children’s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.


Deborah Chabrian was born in Illinois into a large creative family where holidays were always made special. Her artistic talents have taken her from"The Best Bunny" in kindergarten, to graduating with honors from Parson’s School of Design in NYC, to painting 500 book covers and hundreds of still life paintings and winning many awards. She now lives in a 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Connecticut with her artist husband, Ed Martinez; children, Oliver and Gabriella; and miscellaneous cats, hamsters, and fish.


The writing style seen in The Gift of the Christmas Cookie is very different from what is found in previous books written by Dandi Daley Mackall. Typically, Mackall uses rapid-fire, four-lined rhyming poems that come off in staccato fashion not unlike rap music or jump rope cadences.

This time, however, we have an unrhymed, detailed narrative that encompasses history, religion, and a coming-of-age story. Young Jack and his mother are doing their best to make ends meet during the Great Depression. Jack’s father jumps on a freight train to see if he can find work in another town, and it now seems that he won’t be making it back home for Christmas.

To help create a festive mood for the holidays, Jack’s mom pulls together her meager supplies of flour, sugar, and other baking goods and starts making special angel cookies.

As Jack helps pour the dough into the wooden angel molds, his mother tells him that this tradition started in the Middle Ages, when Jack’s father’s ancestors would carve angel molds, make cookies, decorate them with berries and brown sugar and then take them to needy people. As they distributed them, they would tell the story of the angels who announced the birth of the Christ child and how he came to save mankind from its sins. As they finish, Mom announces that she has saved one large cookie just for Jack. He is ecstatic over this news. But then a knock is heard at the door. An unemployed, starving man asks if there is any food he can have. Jack’s mom gives the man some leftover breakfast food from that morning, and the man devours it ravenously. He thanks them and leaves. Suddenly, Jack grabs his cookie, chases the man, hands the cookie to him and says, “It’s yours. And there’s a story that goes with it.” He then witnesses to the man.

Besides being a delightful story filled with Christian virtues of being my brother’s keeper, the book also has phenomenal artwork by Deborah Chabrian. The fresh baked cookies are brown and steamy, making you think you could taste them. The outside snowflakes are crisp and breezy, with winter scenes frigid and sharp. This is surely one of those seasonal books that will not go out of date, but, instead, will be a treat to return to Christmas after Christmas. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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