The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candyby Lori Walburg, James Bernardin (Illustrator)
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
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 Christmasfor many Christmases to come.
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- 4 - 7 Years
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The Legend of the Candy Cane
By Lori Walburg
Zondervan Publishing CompanyCopyright © 1997 Lori Walburg
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Chapter OneOne 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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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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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!!
I love this book. I read it all the time to my boys. They love it too!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I goto listen to the book in 4tth grade
I adored this book! The story line, and colorful illustrations are perfect for young readers. It would make an excellent tradition to read each year with your children!
This is one of those books that you will want to pull out every December. In fact, I have a box of Christmas books that I can't wait to pass down to my future grandchildren and this book will be in that fold. The graphics are just beautiful artwork for kids to look at. I remember being a child just looking at the photos in books. Most of the time I fell in love with the artwork as much as the story. The story takes you to a warm candy shop and makes you feel like you are there listening in to other people's conversation. I love how the story is revealed about the candy cane. Of course it would just be crazy not to have candy canes as you actually read the story. I love the measurements of this particular book. It is great for little hands. Sometimes bigger children's books just are too bulky. This is a board book which makes it even more special for me for some reason. This book would be an awesome gift for any family that celebrates the Christmas season with a pack of candy canes. Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I may have been sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
I bought two of these books for grandsons for Christmas. The oldest, 10 loves it.
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.
Overall though, this is a keeper. Just make sure your children are old enough to process this.