About the book:
One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie ton. 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 names Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers the fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to the town's dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?
A beautiful explanation of the origins and symbolism of the candy cane. As Mr. Sonneman explains the significance of the candy cane to Lucy--the curve, the shape, and even the colors--the symbolism becomes more significant. As they then set out to share this message with the town, Lucy realizes that the love of Christ is something to share with others.
The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is simple, yet profound. The history of the candy cane is fascinating and some sources say that a candy maker in Indian did develop the candy cane as an example of the shepherd's staff and witness of the love of Christ. Whether or not this is, indeed, true is unknown, but the story is a sweet one and I love the thought that something so sweet and tasty can also be a symbol of the love of Jesus Christ.
You can purchase your own copy of this delightful story here.
Personal copy reread 12/09
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