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Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 10.50 (inches)|
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.
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 Childrens Book 2015 and multiple Moms Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Childrens Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Childrens 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.
Richard Cowdreys 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.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMDecember 14, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Did you know there was a Christmas Cookie legend? I certainly didn't but after reading The Legend of the Christmas Cookie I am anxious to incorporate this tradition into our yearly festivities.
Christmas can be such a difficult time for children. With all the commercials for the perfect toy it can be especially hard on a child from an impoverished home or one where a parent is absent. That's just the situation that Jack is in. The story seems to be set during the depression era and Jack's father has gone away to find work to provide for his family. Due to limited finances he will be unable to return home for the holidays.
One day close to Christmas Jack comes home to find his mother baking some very special cookies. At first Jack is happy because they have not had any cookies in the house all year. When he learns they are not for him but rather needy people in the church he is disappointed. But Jack is a blessed boy because he has a momma that is more concerned with his spiritual well being than his temporary wants.
I loved the beautiful story behind the Christmas cookies. Such a perfect way to teach our children that it truly is better to give than to receive. Just as Christ sacrificed and gave us the ultimate gift of eternal life it is important that we celebrate that act by giving to others and sharing the life giving message of Christ.
If you are looking for another way to have your holidays center around Christ this is the perfect gift. In our homes we read a different Christmas story each night leading up to Christmas and this new addition will be cherished for years to come.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
comfyreading5 Stars Out Of 5What a sweet Christmas storyOctober 3, 2015comfyreadingQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a beautiful children's book! The Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall is a treasure to own. Not only are the illustrations in this book so rich and sweet you might want to eat them, the words are inspiring and heart felt. I loved every word of this book.
This book is about a little boy who misses his dad, and all he wants for Christmas is his dad to come home. His mother and him haven't had a whole lot of money to do a lot of things, so once he gets home to smell cookies baking he gets excited. It's only after his mom tells him that the cookies are for the less fortunate that he gets disappointed. He feels as if he and his mom are less fortunate, and doesn't understand why it is that they have to share the cookies that they don't usually get to eat. This is when his mom tells him the true meaning of the Christmas cookie. After hearing the story, there is a knock on the door. The boy is excited, because he thinks it might be his dad coming home at last. When the door opens, it is a poor older man, begging for food. His mother feeds the man, and the boy runs after him to give him the Christmas cookie that his mom saved for the boy. The man is very thankful, and the little boy learns the true meaning of Christmas.
I actually kept this book to myself, and read it alone. The reason for that is, I really want to give this book to my son for Christmas. It is just a sweet, heart felt, story, that I wanted to save for the right time. I think he will love this, and as he gets older, he will get more out of this story. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, it is a sweet story about love, generosity and faith.
nomer15Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Christmas read-aloudSeptember 29, 2015nomer15Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Legend of the Christmas Cookie" by Dandi Daley Mackall is a lovely children's Christmas story about the significance behind Christmas cookies. The book tells the story of Jack, a young boy who's feeling a little lost at home since his dad went away to find work. He comes home one day to discover his mom making Christmas cookies for the needy at church. They use carved wooden shapes to create the cookie shapes, and his mother uses this opportunity to teach Jack about the meaning of Christmas cookies--how they were used to tell people the story of Jesus' birth.
This is a sweet story complete with colorful illustrations. My boys enjoyed looking through this book and will like it even more once the Christmas season is upon us and we make our own batch of Christmas cookies. This book will definitely take a place in our regular rotation of Christmas read-alouds.
(Ive received this complimentary book through the BookLook program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)
CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A precious Christmas storySeptember 23, 2015CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Is there anything better than a home baked cookie? Well, maybe a home baked Christmas cookie would top it. Nothing says the holiday is here like baking them and sharing them with others for me.
Home and holidays just aren't the same without family though and nothing has been the same since Jack's father left to go find work and now Christmas just won't be the same either since he can't come home for the holidays. Every penny has been watched since his father left so, when Jack comes home to the smell of freshly baked cookies, he is certain his nose must be fooling him. He soon finds out that the cookies aren't meant for him but instead for the needy at church. Disappointment filled Jack but he helps his mother with the baking while she shares with him the origin of the Christmas cookie. One special cookie is saved for Jack for Christmas morning and then Jack learns the true meaning of Christmas when a stranger appears at their door.
I think this review is going to be a bit partial. All my life, my grandmother, aunt, and mother have made a beautiful (but not so great tasting to me since I don't have an appreciation for anise) Christmas cookie called a springerle, having a German descent. This story revolves around these imprinted cookies so I loved it. I also loved the story of the German family who started the tradition in this book. Not only did they meet the physical needs of their neighbors, but met the spiritual needs as well, all through some Christmas cookies.
The illustrations are bright and colorful to attract children and at the end there are two Christmas cookie recipes to try with your children, one of them being for springerles. The springerles will definitely be prettier and work out better if you can find a mold so check your local antique store to see what shows up. Don't hold your breath for a nativity as is featured in the book though because most molds are pretty generic with leaves, fruits, birds and such on them.
I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and was in no way obligated to write a positive one. Two tumbs up for Dandi Daley Mackall's, The Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas.