Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Book Review - The Sparkle Box
Here is the touching story of a young boy who unknowingly participates in a powerful new Christmas tradition: honoring Jesus on His birthday by giving to others.
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family's good deeds. Sam's mom explains that the things that they've been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages, ages 4 to 8
Fold-out Sparkle Box included!
Click here to watch the book trailer and to learn more about the author.
Book Trailer: https://vimeo.com/49762666
Author Video: https://vimeo.com/49763494
About the Author
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace. Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.
About the Illustrator
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
My Take on the Book
This book brings forth an amazingly timely idea that all of us have ways in which we too can give to others this holiday season. The book delves deeper into the idea that presents are nice but that there is so much more that all of us can do to show love, kindness and compassion toward others, not only at this time of the year, but all year long. What I loved about this book is that it helps children to see that they too can and should be a part of this process and that by giving they are gaining so much more in their own life. This is a book that educates and entertains and is one that has such a strong message that all should share with their families!
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