The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie is more than just a lovely children’s book, it can also become a family tradition every year. We had the chance to review it recently and I recommend adding it to your Christmas reading list.
My girls enjoyed this story of a little boy named Sam who is at first only concerned with what he is getting for Christmas. Caught up in the excitement and anticipation of receiving gifts, he forgets that Christmas means giving, too. As he and his family consider others and do good deeds, it becomes clear that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. Giving to others is a way of giving a birthday gift to Jesus.
There is a fold-up Sparkle Box included with the book so that you can fill it just as Sam and his family did. Even my oldest daughter (soon-to-be 12) liked the story and thought it was a good lesson for everyone. My two youngest (6 & 4) immediately wanted to do things to fill up the Sparkle Box so we could give a birthday gift to Jesus, too. They understood the message of the book quite clearly.
The illustrations by Christine Kornacki are realistic and inviting. The book itself is a hardcover with dust jacket, so definitely a nice quality to keep for years to come.
About The Sparkle Box – A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas
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, with a fold-out sparkle box included! ages 4 to 8
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.
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.
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