Santa's Sugar has been a popular buy for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends seeking a new Christmas story for the children in their lives. With its elf characters, Sugar, a curious cat, and a kind reindeer named Twizzle, the story has themes of kindness, friendship, responsibility, understanding and the desire to fit in. Besides the workshop he runs and the gifts he brings to spread love and joy, Santa is portrayed as a relatable adult who is also sensitive to the feelings of a little elf named Nugget. Gerencher often inscribes the book with "Kindness is a gift we give to others and to ourselves," underscoring the importance and rewards of selflessness and compassion.
The changing page colors reflect the mood of the story, and the deep colors in the illustrations draw the reader into the fantasy. The story begins with the nighttime sky and the excitement of the elves as Santa's sleigh is spotted in the distance. The cheering elves lift their torches to light the way for Santa's safe landing. Throughout the evolving story from Nugget's failed attempts in the workshop, the kitchen and the reindeer barn, the illustrations are faithful to the storyline. When Nugget flies off into the night to rescue Sugar, the reader feels the mixture of fear and exhilaration as Nugget clings to the back of his new friend Twizzle. The ending culminates in a satisfying ride home in the sleigh on Christmas morning. Clutching Sugar to his chest and sitting next to Santa, Nugget now feels like a true elf.
Feedback from purchasers report that the book has become a Christmas must-read. The book can be read as a delightful story or it can be used as a jumping off point for more age-appropriate in-depth discussion of the themes. The high quality paper and hardcover will insure that Santa's Sugar will be around for a long time to charm and entertain years of family sharing.
Jane Gerencher was born in Wilson Borough PA and grew up in neighboring Bethlehem PA. She earned a BA in English at Moravian College and an MA in English at the Pennsylvania State University.
She has taught English at the middle school, high school, community college and 4-year college levels. Her longest tenure was at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem PA. In her teaching years, she attended many workshops on the teaching of English and adolescent development. She spent 3 ½ weeks on a summer fellowship program in Poland and Israel. Her civic involvement included being a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children), a member of a Foster Care Review Board, and a member of a Restorative Justice Panel.
Jane Gerencher wrote a newspaper column in The Bethlehem Globe Times for two years entitled "Dear Teacher." She is a past member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). She is a member of the Apache Junction Writers' Group.
She enjoys reading, writing, travel, nature, and, most of all, family. She says she has other stories clamoring to be released from her desk drawer.