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The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, September 23, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Special edition edition (September 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310730120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310730125
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Although this book is fiction, it brings to the front of the Christmas story the reason Jesus came to earth. Our Ransome. I was a little dismayed at some of the comments I've seen here concerning this book. And to address those fears.... Yes, this is a fictional story, it does give historical accounting in a short few paragraphs after the story. Is Santa a fictional "story"? Within the "The Legend of the Candy Cane", the true story of Gods love for us is presented. Some have mentioned the "graphic illustrations" of Jesus being beaten. By no means are they "graphic" and are a great way to bring up discussion points with children on suffering, and what Jesus endured for us on the cross. I am a dad of three small children, and have fostered over a dozen more. The age range this is geared for, I'm guessing 4-12 are perfectly able to understand "aligories" in their own way. And again offer teaching moments. This is just an additional tool to help guid children to the real meaning of Christmas, as opposed to the Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty themes, which are fine and good by themselves, being a part of our culture, have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus our saviour. Which if you didn't know, is what Christmas is about.
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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I will never look at a Candy Cane the same ever again. Before I read The Legend of the Candy Cane I always just looked at them as a piece of candy. But not any more. Lori Walburg did a wonderful job bring the story to life with words. The illustrations by Richard Cowdrey are beautiful. The Legend of the Candy Cane open with a stranger arriving in a small prairie town. He finds an abandoned building and starts renovating it. No one knows what's he's doing but they sure are curious!And Lucy is the most curious of all.

One day young Lucy decides to knock on the door and offer her help. She just cannot wait to see what is inside. And that's when she meets Mr. Sonneman. He agreed to let Lucy help and invites her in. Upon entering she sees lots and lots of crates and barrels. She begins to wonder if she made a mistake. But she starts in on the first crate. She unwraps various sizes of glass jars and is puzzled. What is he going to do with them? Then Mr. Sonneman asks her to fill them with items from the barrels. The first thing she unpacks is her favorite candy. Gumdrops! Oh Lucy is thrilled! There are no candy shops in town. She quickly unwraps the rest of the candy and fills the containers. Then her last container contains a candy she has never seen before. A candy cane.

Mr. Sonneman tells Lucy the story of the Candy Cane. I'm not going to share it because that would ruin the book! But according to Mr. Sonneman it has to do with Jesus. The Legend of the Candy Cane is an inspirational story with the Candy Cane at the center. Mr. Sonneman comes to a small town and by opening his shop, sharing the story of the candy cane with Lucy and others he brings the small town together on Christmas Eve.

In the back of the book there is also the history of the candy cane.
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