They decide to make gingerbread houses and enlist mom’s help to buy the ingredients, bake the bread, and supervise construction.
Each finished house is different: one is nearly perfect, looking like it came from the pages of a fairy tale; one is a crooked little house made with graham crackers; and one is a gingerbread beach hut. When the kids ask grandma which one she likes best, she says she likes all of them the best, but for different reasons. “Each of your houses is different but they are special in their own way. Just like each of you are special and wonderful to me.”
The author of Gingerbread from the Heart, Janie K. Mineer, includes a recipe and directions for making gingerbread houses.
The watercolor illustrations by Misty Z. Danyo are colorful and expressive and fit the text perfectly.
What I like: Just about everything.
What I Dislike: There is no mention of Jesus’ birth or any other religious aspect of the season even though it seems pretty clear the story is meant for a Christian audience. The illustrator dedicates her book, in part, to Jesus Christ, and the last line of the story is, “She decided that one of the best things about Christmas was making people smile.”
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Blue Meadow Books, 2009; ISBN: 9781591520634; Hardcover, $16.95.
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Special Info: A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.