Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: M. E. Furman
Illustrator: Susan Gal
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This tasteful book takes the reader on a journey to various countries including Germany, Japan, India, and Brazil. At each stop, cultural Christmas traditions, including the country’s custom for leaving cookies for Santa, is explored. In Malawi, sweet potato cookies are left for Santa. Australians put out fruit-filled treats for the man in red. Mexican wedding cookies are made for Santa before he comes to homes in Mexico. Every country's custom is accompanied by beautiful artwork depicting children in their preparations for Santa.
Children and adults will love this book. It is a perfect read for anyone to explore Christmas traditions around the world. The book can also be used to make some of the cookie recipes which are included in the back. Through facts and colorful illustrations, a better understanding of Christmas around the world is depicted in this book. Many nations, both large and small, are represented on each page. Classrooms studying a certain country could use one of the pages to deepen their study of that nation’s traditions.