Written by Dandi Daley Mackall, the Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas is an endearing story of a young boy named Jack who is greatly missing his father.
With Jack’s father gone to look for work and the family struggling financially during what I assume to be the Depression, Jack’s mother takes the time to share the true meaning of Christmas and to illustrate the gift of a giving heart. In turn, Jack is given the opportunity to share what little he has with the less fortunate.
Geared towards young readers from age 4 through 8, this book recounts the legend of Christmas cookies that were originally made in the Old Country of Southern Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Baked with the images of hand carved springerle molds or intricately designed rolling pins, these cookies were often made in the shapes of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherd, the angel and the star to illustrate the story of the most precious gift of all, baby Jesus.
The delightful illustrations of Richard Cowdrey give the reader a peek into a simpler, but equally memorable, time in the quiet of winter. Two cookie recipes are included at the end of the book, and I’m sure children will enjoy the opportunity of making the story connection while baking Christmas cookies of their very own.