(Sept 11, 2018; Henry Holt; ages 4-8; 40 pages)
TOUGH COOKIE is a funny riff on The Gingerbread Man story. Cookie, the title character, runs through Christmastown shouting to Fox that he can't be caught, but Fox does indeed catch him and Cookie tastes terrible! It turns out that he's a hard, non-edible cookie ornament, not a sweet cookie, hence the Tough Cookie name.
Making these fun cookie-like ornaments is a wonderful family holiday craft. Eddie is the youngest grandson of Ernest Hemingway, and although his famous grandfather died before Eddie was born, Eddie has very fond family memories making gingerbread houses and these salt, flour, and glue cookie ornaments at Christmas.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is adorable! I loved it so much. It was a fun twist on a holiday story, with a little bit of the classic tale of the gingerbread man. I loved that this story taught the reader about self acceptance, group acceptance and understanding that each and every one of us has a skill or a gift we can use to make the world a better place! A great story to read in the classroom with little ones, with a great activity in the back of the book. Overall, it is just a really sweet, beautifully illustrated holiday story that both kids and adult will love!