Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy

This revised edition of The Legend of the Candy Cane renews the wonder and charm of the original timeless tale written by Lori Walburg with vibrant new illustrations that bring this holiday classic to life for a new generation.

Lori Walburg

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Lori Walburg is the author of the bestselling The Legend of the Candy Cane and The Legend of the Easter Egg.  She is a freelance editor and has written devotions within the NIrV (New International readers Version) Kids' Devotional Bible. Lori lives with her husband and two children in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Legend of the Candy Cane

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?

Vibrant 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.

Richard Cowdrey, Illustrator
I am very thankful to be able to do the type of work I love to do. I recognize where the talent and opportunities come from and desire to honor God with my work and with my life. I care greatly about each piece of art I work on; I care ultimately about each person I work with.
  --Richard Cowdrey, Illustrator

Lori Walburg's The Legend of the Candy Cane has been newly illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. He is well known for illustrating many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Bad Dog, Marley! Over the past twenty five years he has worked with most of the top publishers. Richard’s love for family and nature overflows into his illustrations which are enjoyed by children around the world. The artist lives in Ohio with his wife and has four grown children and five grandchildren. When not painting in his studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools to share with children his love of illustration.

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz; Special edition edition (September 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310730120
ISBN-13: 978-0310730125
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

What a sweet story of the bravery of a little girl, willing to help and in the meantime discovers the best gift of all. While the townspeople speculate on what the new proprietor might be bringing to their town, she lifts a hand with, "May I help you?" In return, the new owner helps her and together they bring peace and contentment with joy unspeakable and full of glory to those who have an ear to hear.

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Thank you to Zonderkidz Publishing for this copy of The Legend of the Candy Cane to read and review in my own words.

Zonderkidz is the children's group of Zondervan. Focusing on kids ages 15 and under, we publish and promote age-appropriate books, Bibles, gifts, and videos throughout the world. You’ll find us wherever kids and the people who love them are looking for biblically-based products that teach and inspire children to learn and live out their faith!


  1. I have the original version of this story and have always loved it. We also have The Legend of the Christmas Tree and The Legend of the Christmas Stocking. All great books.
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  2. Ive been hearing great things about this book. =)
    Enjoyed your review!