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The Legend of the Candy Cane Hardcover – October 12, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 19, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310212472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310212478
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

For those who cringe at the creeping materialism surrounding Christmas, a pious story about the origins of the candy cane is definitely a change of pace. A stranger arrives in town one dreary November and begins hammering and sawing away at his newly rented storefront. When a small girl offers her help, she's in for a childhood fantasy-come-true, as it turns out all the shelves and counters are being built for a candy shop. After offering young Lucy gumdrops and lollipops, Mr. Sonneman launches into the history of the candy cane. With his guidance, she discovers that the upturned candy is in the shape of a j--for Jesus. Right side up it looks like a shepherd's staff. And the red stripes? The blood of Christ from his terrible whipping. Lucy and Mr. Sonneman set out on a quest to share this story with everyone in town. Their message (and their gift of the pepperminty red-and-white sticks) brings the whole town together in a joyful celebration of Christmas (and candy).

James Bernardin's old-timey acrylic and colored pencil illustrations are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, but depict both modern and biblical times. Candy canes will never taste quite the same again. (Ages 6 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Featuring a keepsake edition of The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg, illus. by James Bernardin, The Legend of the Candy Cane Gift Set also includes an enhanced CD (with a reading of the story, carols, screensaver and wallpaper) plus a candy-cane ornament. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Young children would enjoy the story as well.
S. Williams
This is a great story and I'd recommend it for any Christmas children's book collection.
theman
The candy cane is such a neat way to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Apesjoy

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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the most beautiful story I've ever read. Whether it's Christmas time or the fourth of July, I love reading this book with my younger relatives. It tells the story of the candy cane with so much emphasis on Jesus. Christmas has become very materialistic to children, but books like this put things in perspective. It takes an ordinary candy and makes it a symbol for Jesus- his death and his purity. This is my all time favorite childrens book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cindy H on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from our local library to read to my sons (ages 12, 8, and 4) as part of our Christmas countdown. It's an enjoyable story about the opening of an old-fashioned candy story and is set (presumably) in the late 1800s. I like this one better than the other "The Legend of..." books because it's one continuous story - whereas the other books often have a mini-story within the main story, which I don't personally like.

I noticed that another reviewer was turned off by the mention of red stripes on the candy cane symbolizing the red stripes Jesus received before being crucified. For my family, this wasn't a problem. None of my kids were bothered by it since Christ's crucifixion is something they're very familiar with. That particular part of the book is just one page, and the author mentions the verse in Isaiah "by his stripes, we are healed..." The illustration on that page is very tastefully done - not bloody or scary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Brianne Plach for Reader Views (10/07)

There is excitement in the air! A new store will be opening! The anticipation is almost too much for young Lucy. Everyone thinks they know what type of store it will be. Lucy is a very curious girl. She has been watching the store be created by its new owner. She is very excited when she gets asked if she would like to help him.

John Sonnemann is a candy man. He has decided to open his candy store on a very special night, Christmas Eve. John does more than just sell candy; he explains the story of why candy canes are being made as a symbol of Christmas. They have a definite reason why a cane is shaped like a J.

With very beautiful pictures in, this sweet and heartwarming story unfolds in "The Legend of the Candy Cane." Every candy cane you see during the season of Christmas should remind you of Jesus Christ's reason for coming to Earth. Remember Jesus when it comes to Christmas, He truly is the reason for the season.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By stampgirl2 on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have four children eight and under and have been collecting hardcover Christmas books for the past ten years since my husband and I got married. We purchase two to three new books a year and specifically look for books that have wonderful meanings and beautiful illustrations. This book does not disappoint. I have read it to my kids every Christmas for the past six years, and while I know the story, it still makes my cry every year while I read it. It's beautiful and my children all love it. This would be a wonderful addition to any Christmas library for children and adults alike. One of the best messages of Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By theman on February 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great story and I'd recommend it for any Christmas children's book collection. The full version is better than the board book version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on November 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy

This revised edition of The Legend of the Candy Cane renews the wonder and charm of the original timeless tale written by Lori Walburg with vibrant new illustrations that bring this holiday classic to life for a new generation.

Lori Walburg is the author of the bestselling The Legend of the Candy Cane and The Legend of the Easter Egg. She is a freelance editor and has written devotions within the NIrV (New International readers Version) Kids' Devotional Bible. Lori lives with her husband and two children in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Legend of the Candy Cane
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.

I am very thankful to be able to do the type of work I love to do. I recognize where the talent and opportunities come from and desire to honor God with my work and with my life. I care greatly about each piece of art I work on; I care ultimately about each person I work with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm reading a 2012 advanced copy of a revitalized picture book. The story from Lori Walburg is apparently copyright to a previous 1997, while these illustrations by Richard Cowdrey are fresh for 2012.

I vaguely recall from my youth Sunday School about the Jesus story in the candy cane. It was always something that when teachers handed out canes they had the message attached. I had never read a full story with it in depth and I think it's magical. It is wonderful to be able to share such a tale with my children. The last page has a "history of.." statement that adds in a bit of history that is a wonderful lesson for readers of all ages. We love Richard Cowdrey and it's no surprise that his illustrations are fun and whimsical. The glittery cover is fun as well, I definitely would have picked it up off a shelf before knowing what it was because it's so appealing.

*Thanks to Zondervan for providing an ARC for review.* I will definitely be wanting a real copy for us in the future.
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