We also love reading the sweet story aloud at Christmastime each year. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg is a delightful tale set at the turn of the 20th century.
When a stranger rides into town, folks hope he will be a doctor or merchant. Instead, the children's wish comes true. He is a candy-maker.
Little Lucy befriends the candy-maker. In turn, he reveals the true story of how the candy cane came to be. Lucy is delighted! Readers will be, too.
Lucy learns all about the symbolism of the candy cane. If you hold the candy cane one way, it is a "J' for Jesus. If you hold it the other way, it is a shepherd's crook. In addition, the red strips stand for the blood of Jesus.
Together, the candy-maker and Lucy share the message of the Christmas candy cane with the whole town. The message of Christmas reaches everyone!
Living in an age where Christmas is commercialized and the message of Jesus removed, it is refreshing to read a picture book that is unashamedly Christian! After all, isn't Christmas all about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
We have made this book a Christmas tradition in our home. I hope you will, too. In fact, we loved the book so much that in one of my murder mysteries, the lady detective reads the book aloud several times throughout the story. You can purchase The Legend of the Candy Cane at Great Christmas Books.
You can purchase Legend of the Candy Cane Murder at Amazon in print or for your kindle.
God bless you and Merry Christmas!