Candy Canes in Bethlehem
Ideal for ages 6 – 8
Written by Miriam Van Scott, Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
As their world grows larger, young children start reflecting upon their own traditions, while becoming intrigued by diverse cultural practices. This festive Christmas storybook guides children through uncovering the religious meanings behind secular symbols, and the various cultural traditions that celebrate the holiday.
The story opens with Christmas fast approaching. Daniel is excited to help Deacon Matthews with a special project in his parish...until he is assigned the boring nativity scene! Deacon Matthews senses Daniel's disappointment, and explains to him that the manger scene is the most important part of Christmas: Christmas represents Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, and without his birth, there would be no reason to celebrate. To encourage Daniel's enthusiasm about the project, he suggests personalizing the nativity scene.
Using his imagination, Daniel creates a nativity scene unlike any other, combining many cultural traditions and adding a touch of his own: a miniature candy cane placed beside Jesus in the cradle. When Deacon Matthews sees the final masterpiece, he is bewildered.
But maybe this time it is Daniel who has something to teach Deacon Matthews about the meaning of Christmas....
Pauline Books & Media
Stitched Binding; English
32 pages, 7" x 9" inches