The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg is a nice tabletop book for Christmastime. The 1997 edition is generously illustrated with paintings by James Bernardin.  The realistic style of the paintings adds a layer of depth to the story. The book is written for elementary school-aged children.

The legend is told from the perspective of Lucy, an American girl in a small town in the Old West. A stranger rides in and sets up shop. Everyone has hopes for what kind of shop it will be. But in the end, the children get their wish: it is a candy store!

Helping the shopkeeper one day, Lucy discovers a package full of a new candy she has never seen before. When she asks about it, Mr. Sonneman explains, “It is a very special Christmas candy.”  Then he tells her the reasons for the shape and colors that go into the making of a candy cane.

I had heard this legend as a child and have seen it on cards and bookmarks, but this full-blown story is a charming, colorful addition to anyone’s collection of holiday books.

Published by Zondervan, this thirty-two page book is available in hardcover on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, and Powell’s Books. A new version, (Zonderkidz,  2012) tells the same story, but uses a different illustrator, Richard Cowdrey.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Mrs. Fujimoto has a collection of short stories, 9 Slightly Strange Stories with an Uplifting Edge, available as an e-reader at Amazon. Find our review under “N” in the alphabetical listing: Titles We’ve Reviewed.