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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute book, with beautiful pictures! We will add this book to our Christmas collection!Published 3 days ago by lfinn
I bought this book back when the original came out. I only pulled it out after Thanksgiving every year and had little idea the impact it had as I read it to my three children. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Allison8935
love, love the story but the book when it arrived was really beat up.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very cute book for to bring traditional Christmas and Christ together. Love!Published 1 month ago by Hailey
This is a beautiful inspiring story. It gives the history amd origin of the candy cane. Great way to minister the truth of Jesus to children.Published 1 month ago by Toni