The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie: LadyD Books Review

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310747678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310747673

Book Description

New artwork by New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey, this Christmas book tells the story behind the meaning 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.

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas

Although it's soon approaching Halloween and all of my grandchildren have their costumes ready for our church fall festival tomorrow, I still enjoy reviewing Christmas books at this time. That way, I know which ones go to each grandchild for a loving present, along with homemade fleece blankets. After all, the weather is changing and getting a bit cooler in my neck of the woods. How is it where you are?

  The Friday #56

"Then right there, beside the railroad tracks, under a gray sky that promised snow, Jack began: "Long ago an angel like this one brought us the most wonderful news: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
(I chose the last page because the children's picture book only has 32 pages).

My Review

This is a tender story, set in very hard times during the Depression, about a boy named Jack and his mom barely scraping by. Word reaches them that Jack's dad is not coming home for Christmas since he is out west finding work. Naturally, hearing the sad news on Christmas Eve leaves Jack feeling very disappointed. On top of that, he sees his mom making heavenly scented cookies but alas, not for them but for the needy at church.

Children will love the beautiful warm illustrations woven throughout this sweet story, showing a caring relationship between mother and son. Jack begins to make cookies with his mother, using intricately wooden carved cutters, as she tells him why people started making Christmas cookies. It's a wonderful memory hearing of the Savior's birth through many snowflake type cookies handed out to the village, hearing of the true meaning of Christmas.

The story doesn't end there because just as Jack's mother handed him a big angel cookie she had been saving, well... there's a knock at the door. You've got to get the book and read on to the very end where you'll find two delicious cookie recipes waiting for you! Overall, it's an inspirational book filled with love and hope for all families. Loved it!

5/5 stars. Highly recommend to friends.

I received the book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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.

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas

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