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By Melanie Kyer December is full of holidays around the world: Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and more. When eight cookies representing different cultures come together, they scramble for a spot on top of the holiday pile. The wise Indian shortbread counsels peace, in this rhyming picture book filled with recipes and facts about traditional cookies from Greece, Germany, Israel, central Africa, the U.S., and Mexico. Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h) Melanie M. Kyer pitched the idea for this book on Twitter and was quickly snapped up. Kyer loves writing and baking, and personally baked and taste-tested all of the cookie recipes that are included. For more delicious writing from Kyer, check out her blog, Schreibenfreude, where she shares the joy of books, words, writing, and languages. She lives in southern Maine with her family.