One rainy night, a man rode his horse up to
the door of an empty store. He stopped his
horse and smiled. "This will do just fine," he said.
The man worked hard to fix up the old store,
"Pam! Pam! Pam!" went his hammer.
"Snish! Snish! Snish!" went his saw.
The people in town did not know who the
man was. Nobody knew what he was building.
The grown-ups just watched . and waited. The
children just wondered . and wished!
One day a little girl named Lucy knocked on
the door of the mysterious store.
"Hello," she said. "My name is Lucy. Do you
need some help?"
"Can you unpack boxes?" the man asked.
"Yes, I can do that," answered Lucy.
She came in and saw dozens of boxes, barrels,
Lucy opened the first box. She picked up
something wrapped in paper. It was round
and heavy. She almost dropped it!
When she unwrapped the paper, she saw a
Lucy unpacked another glass jar. Then another .
and another. Fat jars, tall jars, thin jars, round
"Now what shall we put inside the jars?" the
man finally asked.
Lucy wished a secret wish! She did not tell
what it was. She waited to see what the man
Then he took the top off a big box. Inside it,
Lucy saw lollipops, chewing gum balls,
peppermint sticks, taffy and her favorite candy-gumdrops!
Lucy's secret wish had come true.
The man laughed when he saw Lucy's eyes
"Welcome to John Sonneman's Candy Store,"
he said. "And now, Miss Lucy, we must fill all
these jars with treats."
So they worked and worked until all the jars
were full of colorful candy.
In the very last crate, Lucy saw a candy she
had never seen before.