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Book: The Gift Of The Christmas Cookie
Author: Dandi D Mackall
Illustrator: Deborah Chabrian
This book is well written in language that is appropriate for the intended ages of four to seven years old. The illustrations depict the story well.
Dandi Mackall writes this story with the theme of the origins of the Christmas cookie. The holidays are a perfect time to tell stories of your family traditions as well as others. The origins of the Christmas cookie is Christian oriented and the book is written with a strong Christian message.
I would suggest that this story is best suited for children slightly older than four as it addresses topics that require some maturity, such as strangers and the Depression.
Having said that, I do believe that this story does provide a good introduction to topics of charity, poverty, family traditions and the history of The Depression.
The book finishes off with a recipe for Christmas cookies that would be easy and fun for children to make for the holiday season.
This book would make an excellent Christmas gift for children who are ready to be exposed to these topics. It really is a great introduction to family traditions as well as the story of Christmas.
If you are interested in receiving your very own copy of this book to share with your children this holiday season, please feel free to enter this contest.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post sharing one of your favourite family traditions during the holiday season no later than midnight on Sunday December 7, 2008. Five lucky winners will be chosen by random draw and will be notified on Monday morning via email.