Here is the summary from Goodreads:
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?
I wasn't expecting the book to be a story-within-a-story. I really was just expecting it to be about the man who created candy canes, not about a man opening a candy store and telling the legend to a little girl. That was a little disappointing, but in the backmatter, the author includes the History of the Candy Cane.
It was a cute book, however, I would caution readers that it does mention Jesus (in an era of holiday political correctness, I felt I needed to mention). Personally, I know that none of my parents would mind if I read this story aloud, but I think I'll just have it in my classroom library for children to choose.
I should mention that the illustrations are beautifully done. The details to the people are astounding, they almost look like photographs.
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