Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Sparkle Box ~ Jill Hardie

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ideals Children's Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824956478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824956479

The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas.
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift -- a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. 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 parents explain that the things that they've been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus -- for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This heartfelt story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their own homes. Ages 4-8.
Includes a glitter-coated fold-out Sparkle Box!

My take on this book:
I love finding books that teach valuable lessons and The Sparkle Box does that and more. Not only will the story teach youngsters about the true meaning of Christmas, it just might encourage parents to start a new Christmas tradition with their children.  This story really shares what the true meaning of Christmas is, and imparts the wonderful feeling we get when we do for others. The beautiful illustrations really bring the story to life, and The Sparkle Box on the cover is eye catching. Overall this book would make a wonderful gift, I can see it becoming a family tradition.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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