All around the world, as kids wait in eager anticipation of Santa’s arrival, they prepare special treats to welcome the visitor. In ‘A World of Cookies for Santa,’ readers get to read about how Santa (and how he is known in different parts of the world) is welcomed with numerous delicious treats.
The book also takes readers on Santa’s journey – from Christmas Island or Kiritimati, the first place in the world to welcome Christmas Day to Pago-Pago, the last place he visits before heading home to the North Pole. The book concludes with recipes for many of the holiday treats written about in the book.
What I like about this book: The vivid illustrations are really good. The use of Christmas symbols, colors, as well as the look of the foods mentioned in the little side stories were all new to me. I learned a lot about different cultures’ ways of celebrating the night before Christmas or Santa’s visit.
What gave me pause: I wonder how much of the book is generalized information and how much is actually what people do. Any book of this nature has a challenging task when it comes to accurately representing as many cultures as this book does and to the author’s credit, she does acknowledge the different dates and “names” of Santa in different countries.
All said and done, this is a fun and informative book not just for kids but also for adults. My 3-year-old did not have the attention span to read beyond a few pages but that could just be him or perhaps the book is aimed at a slightly older age-group – the 5-8-year-olds.
I would recommend this book because of how different it is from the typical Christmas storybook. It is also truly multicultural. It obviously sticks to the theme of Christmas and Santa but I love the way it weaves along different cultures/countries and teaches you a little bit about each of them. This is also a fun book to read with a globe or world map so kids get an even better idea of Santa’s travels.
Note: We received a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.