I doubt I have as many children’s Christmas books as Kav Rees, but I certainly have my share. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through my box (sorry, no room on the shelves) of books–it’s like walking through a candy store but without the calories!
I don’t remember if my kids had a favorite, but one book stood out to me: The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg, illustrated by James Bernardin. I love how this book takes a simple Christmas symbol and gives a spiritual meaning to it.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
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.
Actually, the candy cane was created around 1670 when a church choirmaster bent white sugar sticks into cane form to represent a shepherd’s staff. He used those candies to keep the attention of children during long services.
The red stripe was added around the turn of the century. Some sources say that an Indiana candy maker added the red stripe as a witness of Christ’s love, but it’s not confirmed.
Question: Do you like candy canes?
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