The Legend of the Christmas Cookie written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey is a beautiful story. Right away, the illustrations drew both my children and I into the story. The month of December is the perfect time to introduce or remind children of the reason as Christians why we celebrate Christmas. This story teaches children the importance of sharing Christ with those around us using the gifts we’ve been given. The boy in this story also learns this very important lesson in a good way.
As the story unfolds the young boy learns from his mother the legend of the Christmas cookie as does the reader and listeners. There is history about the people that started the tradition in how the cookies took specific shapes such as an Angel, Baby Jesus, Shepherd, and so forth. The book also includes two recipes in the jacket flap, one for sugar cookies and the other for Chocolate Crinkles. This book would make a wonderful yearly tradition to share with a child in seeking to be a cheerful giver. I recommend reading the story and then baking the cookies to share with friends, family, and those less fortunate.
Both my 7 1/2 year old daughter and almost 5 year old son enjoyed this story and have read it as well as had it read to them several times this season! I feel they caught onto the concepts being taught and that not just around the holidays but everyday they should share the story and love of Christ with those around them!
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