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The Legend of the Candy Cane Hardcover – October 19, 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: 9.3 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,004 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.

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Beautiful illustrations, with an even more beautiful story!
J. Robideau
If you're looking for an Inspirational story that tells the true meaning of Christmas, this is great choice.
L. Com
This is a great story and I'd recommend it for any Christmas children's book collection.
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41 of 50 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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3 of 3 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.

Book received free of charge
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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theman on February 9, 2013
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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 Robert Willson on February 24, 2013
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My dad wanted me to order this for his Assisted Living library because he had one himself and enjoyed this story. The residents and the staff really enjoyed this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karrie Pope on December 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition with Audio/Video Verified Purchase
My kids have loved this version of the book. We are actually using it for a week long unit study. This version has video clips of the movie and makes it a great deal for the price. Sometimes I don't really like buying children's books for our ereader just b/c there is something about holding a book and seeing the pictures (especially) in "real life" and the illustrations in this book are magnificent.....reminds me of Norman Rocwell. My 4 year old yesterday was explaining to me what a symbol was, so it is simple enough for him to understand important parts of this legand. We have thoroughly enjoyed this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AllanK on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this item to do a Christmas children's sermon. The book is perfect for that purpose and is so relevent to what the spirit of Christmas should be. I am going to read the whole book to our yourth. This book wouldn also be a great book to read to the family on Christmas eve. It not only explains Christmas and the origion of the candy cane, it gives encouragement to do what the book says, even at a level for children to spread the good news of Christmas. As part of the children's sermon, I am going to give the children each several candy canes so they can do what the book says and share the real Christmas story. A must read for young children. It would also be a great Christmas present. I loved the book!!!

Pastor Allan
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