Saturday, March 7, 2015

Book Review: The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

The Legend of the Candy Cane
By Lori Walburg
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Published: Oct 7, 2014
ISBN: 9780310746720


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? Illustrations by Richard Cowdrey 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."

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 My Thoughts:

This delightful hardcover book tells the legend of the candy cane through a man who comes to a village and sets up a new shop. A young girl, curious to know what kind of a shop it might be, befriends the man and helps him. Discovering that it is a sweets shop, she helps set out the sweets in their various containers. The shopkeeper tells her and the new customers how the colours and the shape of the candy cane are related to Jesus and His message of salvation.

I really liked the old-fashioned sweet shop with all the jars of candies and treats. They reminded me of some of the shops that I have been in, in some of the tourist towns I have visited. The illustrations were beautifully coloured and rich with visual interest.

The story is a wonderful Christmas story that will be a lovely one to bring out every Christmas to read with children. Though the book is designated for children ages 4-8, I think The Legend of the Candy Cane will become a classic for ages to come.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of the book via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Lori Walburg attended Dordt College and graduated from Calvin College and the University of Iowa. Lori is the author of the best-selling The Legend of the Candy Cane and The Legend of the Easter Egg. She lives with her husband and 2 children in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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