Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas By Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

Thank you BookLook for this review copy.

Years ago when my children were 10, 4, 2 and brand new, we sold our house in mid-November. We planned to stay in a motel for a couple of weeks until the sellers moved out of the house we were buying.We'd be in our new home by Thanksgiving... or so we thought. The sellers wouldn't sign the papers until the first week of December then refused to move out until December 26th!

We lived and homeschooled for seven weeks in a motel during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Everything I used to make Christmas was in storage. I borrowed a tabletop tree, went to Hobby Lobby for a few decorations for the room, and bought our first Christmas book. It was a season of watching the Home and Garden and Food channels and not being able to make or do anything. ~grin~ It was hard at the time, but it is a sweet memory, and new traditions arose from it.

One of my children's favorite Christmas traditions is reading Christmas stories. Each year they look forward to receiving a new picture book. It's been many years since we started this tradition. My oldest is now 24 and my youngest 14. I recently asked the kids if they want to continue the tradition. I was met with a resounding, "Yes!" The Legend of the Christmas Cookie will be this year's additon to our growing Christmas storybook library.

Richard Cowdrey captured the spirit of Dandi Daley's nostalgic Christmas story with charming illustrations of a simpler time. It is set during the Depression time, and shows a way that one woman and her son found to show love in a tangible way during a very difficult time in their life. The focus on giving even when we are ourselves are in need is a beautiful one. That's a message we all need in these uncertain times.I recommend this book for a young boy or girl in your life... or, as in our case, a houseful of teens.

Just Beginning to Kringle

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.
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.


  1. What a wonderful tradition.. The book sounds wonderful.. I love Christmas books,and want everyone I read.ha
    Have a blessed Sunday.

  2. I've already read two this fall, Judy!

  3. I know that Christmas and Thanksgiving was a little painful for you all, but how lovely that new traditions sprang from it. Thank you for sharing!

  4. You're welcome, Anne. God does know how to work things for our good, doesn't he?


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