In this beautifully illustrated book by Lori Walburg we learn the story behind the traditional Christmas confection - the Candy Cane.
One day a man came into town and stopped in front of an old storefront...and his work began. The townspeople watched and wished from a distance all secretly hoping for something different. Finally little Lucy could wait no longer so one day she wandered over to the store and offered to help the man. It was then that she discovered that her greatest wish had come true - the man was opening a candy store! As she helped him she came across a candy she had never seen, a candy cane. Mr. Sonneman explained to her the significance of the colors and shape of the candy cane and told her the story of Jesus and his offer of forgiveness of sin. Then he asks her to help him spread the story. They travel all over the area sharing the story of Christ's birth, death and resurrection. On Christmas Eve the store opens and all the townspeople gather to share in the legend of the candy cane.
Positives: I love the illustrations and the anticipation that is built through the beginning of the story. The story line is simple yet appeals to a wide variety of ages.
Negatives: I fell like the gospel presentation falls a bit short. It doesn't mention man's utter sinfulness or Christ's resurrection that defeated sin.
Talking Points: Use this story as a wonderful opportunity to share the life story of Jesus. Starting in Matthew 1 and Luke 2 talk about his special virgin birth, walk your child through the gospels and show them Christ's holy, sinless life. Teach them about their desperate need for a Savior, how in their sinful state they can do nothing to earn God's favor. Then take them to the story of the crucifixion - Christ's ultimate sacrifice and show them how the Lamb of God paid the penalty for sin by shedding his blood and dying on the cross. Show them His victory of sin in His resurrection and how they can live a life of obedience because of Christ's resurrection. Isaiah 53 is referenced in the book and would be an excellent passage to take them to as well.
Age Level: 3-7 year olds