This book was a bit disappointing. The illustrations are very old fashioned, which is quaint, but rather unappealing and comes off a bit odd. The story tries to ascribe religious meaning to the shape and colors of the candy cane.
The story explains that the shape J is for Jesus and flipped the other way, for the shepherd’s staff. They then assign the colors to give them a religious meaning. The assign red for the beating that made Jesus blood run down like red stripes and white for being washed clean from Jesus’ forgiveness. It appears that this has been toned down in words and illustrations from previous versions, but it still is a concept that small children will not understand. The thing that concerned me the most is that while the book is labeled for ages 4-8, this is a board book which is usually given to younger children 1-4.
I do not recommend this book for below age 4 and probably would raise that age up a little. I would recommend the parent read the book first, and decide if your child is ready for the content.
I received this book from the BookLook blogger program in exchange for an honest review.