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The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–It's the Depression, and Jack's father in away from the family, in search of work. On Christmas Eve, a wonderful aroma momentarily lifts Jack's spirits until he finds out that the cookies baking in the oven are for the needy. To ease his disappointment, Jack's mother tells him about the origin of Christmas cookies. During the Middle Ages, a woodcarver and his wife made cookie molds to help them tell the story of the Nativity. Jack's mother surprises him with an angel cookie on Christmas morning and, in the spirit of the story he's been told, he gives it to a destitute stranger who comes to the door begging for food. While at times the prose is too precise in pointing out the parallels between the two eras (e.g., Jack…wondered if times in the Middle Ages had been harder than they were right now, and if boys missed their fathers like he missed his) and the appearance of the poor stranger at the door is contrived, the overall lesson of giving prevails. The atmospheric illustrations depict Jack's kitchen as spare but welcoming. The mouthwatering cookies look as if they can satisfy both physical and spiritual hunger. Refreshingly stripped of holiday commercialism, this is an appropriate title for those who wish to introduce a new perspective to the Christmas story.–Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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From the Back Cover
It's the Christmas season during a time when people had little money to spend. Cookie jars held pennies, not Christmas cookies.
So when Jack smells something delicious coming from the kitchen, he can't believe his nose. Cookies!
But his excitement turns to disappointment when he learns the cookies aren't for him. Instead, Mother is baking them for the needy people at their church. While Jack helps roll out the dough, his mother tells him the legend of the Christmas cookie.
In a captivating interplay of simple words and beautiful illustrations, The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells a tender story of giving--not just cookies, but gifts of the heart that last forever.
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I received the book promptly and it was in great condition. I had never heard nor read the Gift of the Christmas Cookie Story. It is a great way to share the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have read it through and may pass it on to my grandchildren or to my daughter who is a school teacher.