The Winter Elf speaks to familiar feelings from childhood, especially those of fear and grief, but also of love and security.
It's Christmas time, and Clara Rose is grieving the absence of her mother who is hospitalized. The resulting family stress leaves the child feeling lost and alone. In response, she keeps her worries and tears silent, trying hard to be a 'good little girl' and not call attention to herself.
When an odd but proper English elf shows up in her yard one snowy night, the little girl sees her sacrifice of self in a new light as she learns the importance of embracing her pain and opening up with those who love her. Clara discovers that it is only through sharing her hurts and hopes that her heart can find healing.
The Winter Elf revisits the nostalgic enchantment of wintertime and fairytales. Reading the tale aloud, families connect and bond in the cozy evening hours before bed and learn with Clara Rose the importance of sharing one's heart, hurt, and hope.