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32 pages
Oct 1997

The Legend of the Candy Cane

by Lori Walburg

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Gather the whole family around. Provide them each with a peppermint candy cane and a cup of hot chocolate and get ready to enjoy yourselves. The Legend of the Candy Cane, originally published in 1997, is already a Christmas classic, beloved by everyone who reads it. One cold November night, in a pioneer prairie town, a smiling stranger begins work on a new store. All of the townspeople dream about what this store will sell. Young Lucy puts feet to her dream and shows up at the shop one day. Mr. Sonneman, the shop keeper, likes children and invites Lucy to help him. Sweet wonders open up before her wondering eyes. But the most wonderful of all is red and white striped, and shaped like a cane; or, if you turn it the other way up, like a J for Jesus. Even more wonderful than this is the Christmas Eve trip Lucy and Mr. Sonneman take to distribute this sweet tribute to Christ among the townspeople.

Now a noted editor and writer of children’s Christian literature, The Legend of the Candy Cane was Lori Walburg’s first introduction to her readers. This enchanting story draws all ages in, leaving each one sweetly satisfied with Christmas. Illustrator and graphic artist, James Bernardin’s evocative, colorful paintings add an old-fashioned, Christmas-y background to this story. Don’t forget to read the last page. It supplies an interesting brief history of the candy cane. This book will make a wonderful base for a family Christmas tradition. But, don’t save it just for Christmas. It can be enjoyed all year round. And don’t save it just for the family – all sorts of groups will be pleased to hear it. The Legend of the Candy Cane deserves a place in all libraries, public and private; and will make an appreciated gift for any age. – Donna Eggett,

Book Jacket:

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 Christmas—for many Christmases to come.