The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy

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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. ...

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Overview

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?

Vibrant illustrations by Richard Cowdrey 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: 9780310730125
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (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.

Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.

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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.



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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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  • Posted October 3, 2014

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    What a sweet interesting book The Legend of the Candy Cane is ev

    What a sweet interesting book The Legend of the Candy Cane is even though is geared for toddlers, it kept the attention of my nine year old. The book is made of hard cardboard, and great for little hands to carry around.
    The book is beautifully illustrated with bright colors, and the children noticed the dog and cat in the pictures. The boys wished they could be Lucy and help unpack all that candy; a child’s dream comes true.
    When it came time to tell the legend of the Candy Cane, they were enthralled at the story, and sad about Jesus blood being represented by the red and white stripe. They have looked this book over and over, and are able to read a lot of the words themselves. This one is a real keeper for the Christmas Season, right on our coffee table.

    I received this book from Booklook Bloggers of Harper Collins Christian Book Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2014

    The Legend of The Candy Cane written by Lawrence O. Richard, is

    The Legend of The Candy Cane written by Lawrence O. Richard, is a cute story about a stranger that rides into Prairie Town and all the townspeople wonder what he is up to. This little girl named Lucy decides to be brave, and confronts the man on why he is there. She asks him if she can have a job working with him, and he allows her to help unload his boxes. As she unpacks the heavy items, she see the glass jars and wonders what the man might use them for. Lucy secretly makes a wish that the man was building a Candy Shop. After all of the glass jars are unpacked, they begin to open a new set of boxes. Box after box, Lucy finds each box is packed with different candies... lollipops, gumballs, peppermint sticks, taffy, and her favorite, gumdrops! Her secret wish had come true!

    They came to the last box and when she opens it, she finds it is filled with red and white cane shaped candies she has never seen before. The man explains to her that they are Candy Canes. He tells her the story on them and how they originated. The red stripe that stands for the blood that Jesus shed, and the white, is our sins He washes away. Lucy liked the idea of Candy Canes so much, that she wanted to share the story with the others. So her and Mr. Sonneman, the Candy Store owner, gave out candy canes to each and every person, announcing the grand opening of the store and telling about the meaning of Candy Canes.

    This book was such a sweet read. I love the cheery and colorful illustrations, bringing the story to life, with such cuteness throughout. I remember being told about the legend of candy canes, when I was a little girl, so sharing this with my son was not only nostalgic, but inspiring as well. Seeing him learn about candy canes in a different point of view, while eating a candy cane as I read, makes this another enjoyable Christmas book added to our collection!

    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

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