The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus’ Birth
Dandi Daley Mackall
ZonderKidz (2008)
ISBN 9780310713289
Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 11) for Reader Views (11/08)

It’s a tradition! Every Christmas my mother and I always make Christmas cookies. It is a tradition that I look forward to every year. Maybe it’s just good quality time, creating something delicious with Mom, but is there more to it than that?

“The Gift of the Christmas Cookie” explains the history of the Christmas cookie. In the Middle Ages, one family saw poverty everywhere they looked. The father wanted to use his talents to create something out of wood for the people in poverty. The mother saw the hungry looks on their faces. Together the family creates something that will serve both needs. It’s a lesson which young Jack learned.

Jack is the main character who has to deal with his own disappointment about his father not being able to be home for Christmas. He and his mother share the tradition of making Christmas cookies for the needy. While making the cookies, Jack learns the more important story of why Christmas cookies have become such a terrific tradition. Dandi Daley Mackall, author, and Deborah Chabrian, illustrator use their talents to create a wonderful book for the whole family to share. Reading “The Gift of the Christmas Cookie” together before making your Christmas cookies could become a new tradition this year!

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