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One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town's dreams. Now will she share what she has ...
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One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town's dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?

Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas—for many Christmases to come.

With the help of a little girl, a mysterious stranger tells the story of the candy cane to the people of a small prairie town during Christmas time at the turn of the century.

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This animated video, inspired by the 1997 picture book of the same name, introduces children to the Christian symbolism behind a popular Christmas confection. The dusty, nearly deserted town of West Sage gets a bit shaken up when a stranger named John Sonneman arrives (along with a young companion named Matthew) and announces his plans to stay. Sonneman begins restoring a rickety storefront so that he can open up shop but the town folk aren't sure what kind of shop. Turns out Sonneman is a candy man and he lets young Jane in on his secret while also telling her all about the origin of the peppermint, red-and-white-striped candy canes people have come to associate with Christmas over the years. While the legend is an interesting one, with special appeal to Christian viewers, it gets buried in this expanded version of the tale. Too many characters and too much meandering exposition at the outset may have younger viewers wondering if the candy cane will ever make its entrance. Veteran actors Florence Henderson, Tom Bosley, Ossie Davis and Malcolm-Jamal Warner all give solid vocal performances. But, unfortunately, the excellent cast seems lost in the uneven story line. FYI: The Legend of the Candy Cane will air on PAX-TV on November 22 and also on December 22. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Here's a fresh Christmas story full of wishes and tradition. Magical paintings tell of a stranger who comes to town one snowy November. Everyone wonders what kind of shop he plans to open. It is the children who get their wish, but everyone gets a wonderful new gift that will last for all Christmases to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310212478
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.13 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Walburg is a freelance editor, a writer for the NIr V Kid's Devotional Bible, and the author of The Legend of the Easter Egg. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

James Bernardin graduated from the Art Center College of Designing Pasadena, California, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators. In addition to the best-selling The Legend of the Candy Cane, other books he has illustrated include The Legend of the Easter Egg. He lives with his family in Washington state.

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The Legend of the Candy Cane


By Lori Walburg

Zondervan Publishing Company

Copyright © 1997 Lori Walburg
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0310212472


Chapter One

One rainy night, a man rode his horse up to the door of an empty store. He stopped his horse and smiled. "This will do just fine," he said.

The man worked hard to fix up the old store, "Pam! Pam! Pam!" went his hammer. "Snish! Snish! Snish!" went his saw.

The people in town did not know who the man was. Nobody knew what he was building. The grown-ups just watched ... and waited. The children just wondered ... and wished!

One day a little girl named Lucy knocked on the door of the mysterious store.

"Hello," she said. "My name is Lucy. Do you need some help?"

"Can you unpack boxes?" the man asked.

"Yes, I can do that," answered Lucy.

She came in and saw dozens of boxes, barrels, and crates.

Lucy opened the first box. She picked up something wrapped in paper. It was round and heavy. She almost dropped it!

When she unwrapped the paper, she saw a glass jar.

Lucy unpacked another glass jar. Then another ... and another. Fat jars, tall jars, thin jars, round jars.

"Now what shall we put inside the jars?" the man finally asked.

Lucy wished a secret wish! She did not tell what it was. She waited to see what the man would say.

Then he took the top off a big box. Inside it, Lucy saw lollipops, chewing gum balls, peppermint sticks, taffy and her favorite candy-gumdrops!

Lucy's secret wish had come true.

The man laughed when he saw Lucy's eyes light up.

"Welcome to John Sonneman's Candy Store," he said. "And now, Miss Lucy, we must fill all these jars with treats."

So they worked and worked until all the jars were full of colorful candy.

In the very last crate, Lucy saw a candy she had never seen before.



Continues...


Excerpted from The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg Copyright © 1997 by Lori Walburg. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Cool book

    This book is wonderful for the christmas season. Every year,i read it to the 1st graders who are in the religious education class that i teach. They always love it! Over all, i think this book is a real keeper!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Have this in hard cover

    I love this book. I read it all the time to my boys. They love it too!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Great Christmas Story

    This is a great book for connecting the true meaning of Christmas with a popular Christmas treat. It opens up an opportunity to discuss what Christmas means to them and their family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    A wonderful book for all ages.

    This book is absolutely beautiful. My entire family enjoyed it. It brings to heart what Christmas is really about. I would highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    The Next Christmas Classic

    Heartwarming and dear, The Legend of the Candy Cane animation will be the next family Christmas classic. The memorable music alone from new artist,Carol Zimmerman, makes this a standout film. Add the professional voices of Florence Henderson, Tom Bosley, Malcom Jamal Warner, Ossie Davis and the voice of Disney's Beauty and the Beast charcte, Belle, Paige O-Hara - the memories are just waiting to happen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    What a Beautiful Story

    I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my fourth grade Religious Education class. It is beautifully illustrated and tells the story of Jesus in a way that gets the children truly excited. It is sure to become a classic and I know it has started a tradition in our home!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Beautiful book/story--beware young children though

    I bought two of these books for grandsons for Christmas. The oldest, 10 loves it.<BR/><BR/>The younger ones, 3 and 4, were frightened by the mention of the crucifixion--body and blood of Christ aspect. I should have paid more attention to that before reading it to them.<BR/><BR/>Overall though, this is a keeper. Just make sure your children are old enough to process this.

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