REVIEW: A Christmas Cookie Exchange: Holiday Lessons of Self-love and Acceptance by Sheri Wall, illustrated by Ilona Stuijt
Don’t ever judge a cookie by its sprinkles!
Teach children that what’s in their hearts is more important than outside appearances.
Phil looks like a plain oatmeal cookie, but on the inside, he has a sweet, fruit filling!
On the dessert tray, he feels shy and a little bit jealous next to an assortment of decorated Christmas cookies. He secretly longs to be like them.
With the help of some diverse Christmas cookies, a superhero, a princess, a celebrity, and an athlete, Phil realizes outside differences don’t matter; it’s the goodness in your heart that counts. An important lesson for kids ages 5 through 9, and a great reminder for us all!
A Christmas Cookie Exchange is a colorful, rhyming standout with an essential, positive lesson presented in a festive, child-friendly way.
Poor Phil the oatmeal cookie. He’s kind, wonderful, and sweet on the inside but how can a plain, round oatmeal cookie compete against fancy sugar, sprinkles, chocolate icing, and gingerbread glam?
If only, if only
someone would choose me,
They’d know that inside,
I’m as sweet as can be.
Phil’s fellow cookies listen to his sighs and wishes. They sympathize and remind him that inner goodness is what counts in the long run.
It’s not what you’re wearing,
or how popular you’ll be,
It’s goodness and caring,
that make life so merry!
The illustrations are cute and Phil is a darling little cookie. I’d eat him up right now even without any sprinkles or icing. There are some take way lessons at the end about feelings, expressing yourself, and celebration of differences as well as a vocabulary list. B