Thursday, August 08, 2013

Book Review - The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie

The Sparkle Box is written by Jill Hardie and is illustrated by Christine Kornacki. It is published by Ideals Publications.

In this book, Sam is a little boy who is eager to have Christmas come. He is excited about the presents, the parties, and the mysterious sparkle box on the family's mantle. What is it and, more importantly, is in it? As the family participates in all sorts of holiday activities, they also participate in "good deeds". They help the homeless, feed the hungry, and donate clothing to the less fortunate. On Christmas morning, as he opens the sparkle box, Sam learns just how much those deeds mean to Jesus.

I found this story to be endearing. The pictures are beautiful but the story itself is beautiful. What better gifts can we give than love and comfort to others?

Author Jill Hardie says that the idea for The Sparkle Box came straight from her own Christmas traditions. She wanted to teach her children that giving is a gift too - in and of itself. She goes on to say, "The Sparkle Box reminds us that we are all connected, and we all have the power to make a difference."

The Sparkle Box is a book with a kit. At the back of the book is a sparkle box that you and your child can make together - and fill together. I love it.

*I received a copy of The Sparkle Box in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinions expressed are my own.*

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