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The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy

Press:Zondervan Zondervan; 1st edition (October 19, 1997)
Publication Date:1997-10
ISBN:9780310212478
Author Name:Walburg, Lori/ Bernardin, James (ILT)
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

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.

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.

From the Author

Lori Walburg chose a prairie town as the setting for this book in honor of her childhood heroine, Laura Ingalls Wilder. 
An editor at Zondervan and a writer for the NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible, she attended Dordt College, then received her B.A.
from Calvin College and her M.A.
from the University of Iowa.
In 1995, she was awarded a Jerusalem International Book Fair editorial fellowship.
She now divides her time between her hometown of Grand Rapids and her favorite place in the world, Grand Haven, Michigan.
James Bernardin graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators.
Among the books he has illustrated are Little Folk: Stories from Around the World and Dancing with the Wind.
He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washingto

From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

Lori Walburg isa freelance editor, a writer for the NIrV Kid's Devotional Bible, and the author of The Legend of the Easter Egg. 
She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
James Bernardin graduated from the Art Center College of Designing Pasadena, California, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators.
In addition to the best-selling The Legend of the Candy Cane, other books he has illustrated include The Legend of the Easter Egg.
He lives with his family in Washington state.

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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     Gave to co-workers along with a giant candy cane, they loved this

  •     I love reading this story to my grandson.

  •     Wonderful!

  •     Love this book and so did my students

  •     Very cute book, with beautiful pictures! We will add this book to our Christmas collection!

  •     Great book! Enjoyed reading it to my granddaughter!

  •     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

  •     It was ok

  •     This is the best family Christian base story that you could read to all ages. Young and old love this story and it's a favorite of ours not only during Christmas but all year!

  •     My kids love this!!! Highly recommend.

  •     Great book with a great meaning! My kids love it and it is going to become a staple at our house every Christmas!

  •     This is a lovely book with a sweet story (pun not intended). My almost-5-year-old daughter enjoyed it. I read the reviews before purchasing and was concerned about the negative reviews in regards to the illustration of Jesus being whipped. This was not a graphic picture at all. (One can see far more disturbing images on television.) My daughter is very familiar with how Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood to wash away our sins, and neither the illustration nor the story disturbed her at all. I really liked how the story linked candy canes with Jesus. I don't care if this was a historically-correct story or not. The book doesn't claim to based on historical fact. The back of the book even says, "While we may never know the full history of the candy cane, we can share in the truth behind its symbol, the truth of Christ's birth and redemption, and the gift of his love." It's a good story for children that provides a nice way to remind children of why Jesus was born here on earth.I ordered this book on 12/10 and received it 12/23. I was a little disappointed in how long it took to get here, but at least it did come before Christmas.

  •     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!

  •     The story is a nice happy story, though very, very short. I don't know if the enhanced version is shorter than other versions or not... the audio in the video excerpts was a little difficult to understand. It was a fun touch to have the audio read-along feature, but personally, I would much rather the illustrations be the main feature than any of these other enhancements. The illustrations are tiny and not zoomable. My kids enjoyed the story, but would have probably gotten more out of a longer telling (again, perhaps the printed version is more detailed?), and/or would at least have been able to appreciate more the original artwork.

  •     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.

  •     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. Now, 19 years later, my eldest daughter, now a K-4 teacher, heisted my family copy and was saddened when she couldn't find an original copy. This original copyright version arrived quickly, as promised, and in perfect condition. Nowthis keepsake is back on my shelf and another will be blessing an entire elementarySchool as she reads it to all of her music students for years to come and her own children one day!!

  •     Beautiful story!

  •     Nice family story. Beautiful artwork. Thoughtfully told. It has been a family tradition to read on Christmas night. I recommend it as a story to read across the generations.

 

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