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The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas
Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie, written by award-winning author Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey, tells the story of the first people to make Christmas cookies and reminds children of the true meaning of Christmas.

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.

Contributor(s) Dandi Daley Mackall , Richard Cowdrey
About the Contributor(s) Dandi Daley Mackall

Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book 2015 and multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children’s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.


Richard Cowdrey

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.


UPC 025986747671
ISBN-10 0310747678
ISBN-13 9780310747673
Release Date Oct 6, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 9.25
Width 11.13
Length 32
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Cindy
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Another wonderful Christmas story to share with your little ones.I had never heard this tale about Christmas cookies and found it very interesting. The woodcarver and his family found a way, to share the story of Christ's birth, even on limited funds, and during hard times. It goes to show us all that sharing truth is as easy as baking cookies for others. Find a project this Christmas to share with your children, giving them the chance to learn the joy of giving back. 4.5 stars for this wonderful story. Beautiful artwork. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. (Posted on 12/16/2015)
Review by Fitzysmom
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Did you know there was a Christmas Cookie legend? I certainly didn't but after reading The Legend of the Christmas Cookie I am anxious to incorporate this tradition into our yearly festivities.

Christmas can be such a difficult time for children. With all the commercials for the perfect toy it can be especially hard on a child from an impoverished home or one where a parent is absent. That's just the situation that Jack is in. The story seems to be set during the depression era and Jack's father has gone away to find work to provide for his family. Due to limited finances he will be unable to return home for the holidays.

One day close to Christmas Jack comes home to find his mother baking some very special cookies. At first Jack is happy because they have not had any cookies in the house all year. When he learns they are not for him but rather needy people in the church he is disappointed. But Jack is a blessed boy because he has a momma that is more concerned with his spiritual well being than his temporary wants.

I loved the beautiful story behind the Christmas cookies. Such a perfect way to teach our children that it truly is better to give than to receive. Just as Christ sacrificed and gave us the ultimate gift of eternal life it is important that we celebrate that act by giving to others and sharing the life giving message of Christ.

If you are looking for another way to have your holidays center around Christ this is the perfect gift. In our homes we read a different Christmas story each night leading up to Christmas and this new addition will be cherished for years to come.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 12/14/2015)
Review by Samantha @ As They Grow Up
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This beautifully illustrated Christmas story is one that my children love. It helps to show children what Christmas should really be about. Sure it's fun to talk about Santa and to give gifts, but it's also important to us as a family that they know exactly why we truly celebrate Christmas. It also tells them the history of the Christmas cookie and how kindness can make a heart happy, no matter how small. This is a book that will be ready for many years in our home.

**I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion** (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Review by Praises of a Wife and Mommy
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I loved this story!!! As soon as I started reading it my mind started thinking about how I could share this story in a Christmas program way. I was picturing my kids church kids holding up different cookies and telling the birth of Jesus with them... makes me excited for Christmas.... and hungry for cookies!

In this adorable story the author tells the history and purpose of the Christmas cookies... to share the birth of our Savior JESUS! The author writes that draws in emotions. The illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, has many pictures that help a person feel the emotions that the author writes about from missing his dad, to jealousy, to hope and joy while sharing the Christmas story.

My kids, 4 and 8 years old, enjoyed this story as well. They were asking to bake cookies when the saw the recipes on the last page. Unfortunately for them it was too close to bed time but since snow is falling it might be a great morning for it.
(Posted on 11/20/2015)
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The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is another book in a long line of "The Legend of..." books by Zondervan/Zonderkidz. The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Dandi Daley Mackall has authored over 450 books and Richard Cowdrey has illustrated a large number of books, the Marley series being the most popular.

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is a hardcover book with a dust jacket (the window frost on the dust jacket is embellished with glitter), and is written with the 4-8 age group in mind. (On the back flap of the dust jacket there are recipes for "The Original Christmas Cookie" and "Chocolate Crinkles".)

Like other "The Legend of..." books that I have read, The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is a story within a story. This story follows a boy (Jack) as he learns about the origin of Christmas cookies and how the original Christmas cookies were used to both feed hungry people and tell them about the Christmas story. Through the story of the Christmas cookies, the boy (Jack) learns about the importance of helping those less fortunate and of telling the story of Jesus to others. The illustrations in The Legend of the Christmas Cookie are big, colorful, and beautiful to look at.

What I love about The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is that a child is prompted to share the good news of Jesus' birth with a stranger. I think this is a great example for children.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Review by Julia
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I received a copy of this book from ZonderKids, a division of Zondervan, in exchange for a review.
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie was written by Dandy Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. The story is about a little boy who is missing his dad who is away working. His mom bakes cookies for a local church in need. While she is baking she explains the story of the first Christmas cookies. She explains how a family from long ago wanted to spread the true meaning of Christmas. However, they didn't have alot of money. They made molds out of wood and filled them with dough and baked them. Christmas Eve they went to town to tell the Christmas story.
Now Jack's mother was baking cookies for a family in need, when he felt needy as he missed his dad. This act of kindness Jack's mother expressed helped Jack realize a stranger in need and inspired the little boy to his own act of kindness.

I had never heard of the book The Legend of the Christmas Cookie until I saw this book and I was so excited to read it. I love stories that help bring meaning to the things that we do and I love to make new traditions. This book will definitely start a new tradition this year when we start our baking! (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Review by Jalynn
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Christmas is such a special time in every home. Christmas to me is the epitome of family and should be shared so that everyone can experience the love that Jesus wanted us to share with all. The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is one of a series of books written by the same author that centers around a family that does something really special each Christmas with their Christmas cookies.

Jack is really upset that his Dad can't be with him and his mother this year because times have been hard and his father left to go look for work. Jack walks in one day to find his mother baking Christmas cookies for the needy. He doesn't understand why on earth she is doing this since they are pretty needy themselves and thats when she tells him The Legend of the Christmas Cookie.

A very sweet story centers around God's love for everything. This book would make an excellent gift and is perfect for a day making holiday treats.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Review by Penny
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“The Legend of the Christmas Cookie – Sharing the Meaning of Christmas” was sent to me by Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan Publishing. It was free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
“The Legend of the Christmas Cookie” was written by Dandi Daley Mackall and the beautiful pictures were done by Richard Cowdrey. Wow! I would frame these pictures and hang them in my home for Christmas – GORGEOUS!!
In this book Little Jack, whose daddy is away looking for work…who didn’t have much himself wondered why his mommy was making cookies for the needy at their church when she couldn’t afford to make cookies for him. She tells them the story of how a woodcarver made cookie molds of what we know as the Nativity scene. His wife and children baked cookies and pressed them into these molds. Then, the entire family went to town to give out the cookies. As they gave out each cookie the father told the story of Jesus’ birth. I LOVE IT!! I especially love how, at the end, Little Jack gives his Christmas cookie to a needy stranger and tells him how the angel brought news of Jesus’ birth. WOW!! From the mouth of babes…
I’d DEFINITELY recommend this book!!
(Posted on 11/9/2015)
Review by The IE Mommy
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I really enjoyed The Legend of the Candy Cane and The Legend of St Nicholas so I was eager to read my kids The Legend of the Christmas Cookie. We bake sugar cookies together for every holiday as part of our traditions so we were all excited to read about this tradition.

I'm going to admit, I didn't love it at first. I thought it was weird how they used the little wooden tools to make Christmas cookies and I thought it didn't make sense. After one read through though and understanding the history, I definitely appreciated and enjoyed the book more after that. It just goes to show that even as an adult, sometimes things that are different or don't make sense can affect your judgement!

It is a bit of a sad story about a little boy whose daddy isn't home for the holidays because of his job. I think sadly a lot of kids can relate to this weather it be a job, a divorce or even a death that they don't have both parents together over the holidays.

To add to his sadness, they aren't very financially stable and so he really has to do without. Even a simple Christmas cookie would be a treat to him but his mom is making them for the needy. I love this example of a mother who is giving what very little she has to others. It reminds me of the woman in the Bible who had but one coin to her name and gave it all. It's a beautiful example of Jesus to remember at the holidays.

Naturally this is a struggle with the little boy and I think we can all relate to that as parents. It's hard to make our kids understand that no matter how bad off they think they are, there are always others who are really in need.

This was a great opportunity to remind my kids of this. They tend to take things for granted not realizing how truly blessed we are and how very much they have. Sometimes they need a gentle reminder and this was a great time to do it right before the holidays when we will be donating things that they would rather keep themselves.

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie wasn't my favorite of the Legends and it wasn't a warm and fuzzy merry story with bright fun color pictures but it had a more important message than that and I was happy to share it with my kids. (Posted on 10/30/2015)
Review by Jessica
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Last year around this time we reviewed the Legend of the Candycane and it is still one of our favorite books so I was exited to check out The Legend of the Christmas Cookie. My only complaint is it isnt a board book like the last so the baby cant enjoy it as much as he wants to. His big sister can read it to him though.

Its a great book to teach the real meaning of Christmas, many spend the holidays with family baking cookies and such but Jesus is the real reason we celebrate, many kids do not know the real meaning and this book can help with that. It is a great way to help kids understand helping out other as well.

At the end of the book there are cookie recipes as well! (Posted on 9/27/2015)

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