A Southern Time Christmas / Edition 1

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When l'il elf Jed falls out of Santa's sleigh high above a Southern farm, thumping down upon the soft ground one balmy Christmas Eve, the story of Santa in the South is brought to light. For according to Jed, Santa is a Southerner at heart, and never misses a chance to trade in his warm layers of heavy coats, sweaters, and mittens for comfortable overalls and a well-worn baseball cap. He even eats chicken and dumplings, home fries, and grits to get him through the long night delivering toys!

This playful takeoff on the original Night Before Christmas will delight young readers and all readers who are young at heart. So "Gather the young'uns and grown-up-ones too/Sit back and relax, you can kick off your shoes/And I'll tell you a tale full of down-home good cheer/Of how Christmas works when it travels down here."
With entertaining illustrations by James Rice, one of the South's leading illustrators of children's books, and a charming text written by Robert Bernardini, both Southerners and those who simply wish they were are sure to love this adaptation of the well-known Christmas poem.

Robert Bernardini, creator of "l'il elf Jed," resides in Columbia, South Carolina. His love of the South and of children led him to write A Southern Time Christmas , a story of Christmas without snow. James Rice, whose works now number over 1,000,000 copies in print, completed his M.F.A. studies at Stephen F. Austin University. He travels year-round throughout the country speaking to schoolchildren.

When a Southern farmer discovers an elf who has fallen from Santa's sleigh, the elf tells him about Santa's annual trip to the South.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882898285
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Edition description: Pelican ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

Born and raised above the Mason-Dixon line, Robert Bernardini fell in love with the South when he first transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee. The climate and the traditions of this region suited him just fine, and he realized that he wanted to make it his home.

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