In a house where empty stockings hang low, Santa and Li’l Elf Jed meet Josh, Eloise, Sue, and Clem. This family has fallen on hard times. Jed tries to bring laughter back to their hearts, but fails. Not to be defeated, he calls upon the Southern hospitality of his friend Annabelle Elf. Her wisdom and charm teach these gloomy folk a lesson in caring that is more valuable than any gift they could ever receive.
Robert Bernardini’s second adventure of Santa’s Southern-lovin’ elf emphasizes the simple, heartfelt meaning of the holiday. The message for children is equally simple, stressing the importance of being rich in family and feeling over the celebration of gifts. Southern Love for Christmas is a follow-up to Bernardini’s popular A Southern Time Christmas.
About the Author
In his travels and school presentations, Robert Bernardini emphasizes the need for stories, lore, and traditions for the South, where there is Christmas without snow. He graduated with a master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and lives in Amherst, Virginia, where he is a freelance writer, marketing consultant, and record producer.
About the Illustrator
James Rice is widely acclaimed as the South’s leading illustrator of juvenile books. With nearly 900,000 copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nation’s top authors and illustrators. Rice completed his MFA studies at Stephen F. Austin University. He holds degrees in art from the University of Texas and Howard Payne College and has taught art and music at both the high school and college levels.
SOUTHERN LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS
By Robert Bernardini
Illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
18 Full-color illustrations