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Map the Story: A World of Cookies for Santa

Follow Santa’s Christmas Eve journey to visit children around the world, and learn about a variety of holiday traditions and the sweet treats that await his arrival.

A World of Cookies for Santa

A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World by M.E. Furman is a fun mix of geography and culture with beautiful digital collages by illustrator Susan Gal.

Take a Tasty Tour Around the World

The adventure begins in Kiritimati – a little island in the South Pacific that is also known as Christmas Island. Children use the many coconuts available to make sweet, chewy macaroons.

A World of Cookies for Santa

From there, stops include the Philippines for salabat, a spicy ginger tea; Malawi for sweet potato cookies called mbatata; Norway for a bowl of riskrem (rice pudding); Brazil for a fudge-like sweet called brigadeiro; and Puerto Rico for mantecadito (a cherry-studded shortbread cookie) before returning home to the North Pole. (There are thirty-three stops in all!)

Recipes for nine of the sweet treats are included at the end of the book.

A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World

Explore Regional Traditions

Compare different traditions for gift-bringers around the globe.

🇦🇺In Australia, where it’s summer, Santa Claus uses his magic key to open the front door.

🇯🇵In Japan, Hoteiosha brings gifts and fortunes and is believed to have eyes in the back of his head to watch for misbehaving children.

🇿🇦In South Africa, Kersvader (Father Christmas) arrives by donkey.

A World of Cookies for Santa

🇷🇺In Russia, Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) ride a sleigh pulled by three horses.

🇫🇷In France, Père Noël and Gui the donkey fill shoes with gifts.

🇨🇱In Chile, Viejo Pascuero (Old Man Christmas) climbs in through windows.

🇺🇸In Hawaii, Kanakaloka arrives on a surfboard pulled by a dolphin.


Activity: Map the Story

Print our FREEBIE for an interactive read aloud – or as an independent or partner reading activity.

Map the Story: A World of Cookies for Santa

Students map Santa’s journey while reading or listening to the story, and follow a set of directions to complete a task at each stop along the way.

Drawing a local ingredient used in making a sweet treat or an icon reminder of a tradition helps students in recalling and retelling the story.

Happy Travels!

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