I was recently given the opportunity to review The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie and Illustrated by Christine Kornacki. This story is about Sam who is very excited for Christmas and he thinks about his Christmas list, anticipating over holiday parties and puzzled about one very mysterious gift- a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. Amid the festivities Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. When Christmas morning arrives Sam finally opens the sparkle box he finds only one slip of paper that records the family’s good deeds. Sam’s parent explains that the things they have done for others are a gift for Jesus.
My Opinion: I really like this idea as it is not what you get for Christmas but what you can do for others and being with family and friends. The older I get the more I realize this but as a child it was hard to grasp as I was never really taught this but will be with my children. I love this book and will be sharing it with everyone I know. I also love the illustration it is beautifully done. I like the sparkle box included at the back of the book as well. This is a very touching story and will start a fire to do something from within.
This book is based on Jill Hardies’ own family tradition she started over 8 years ago. To learn more visit http://www.thesparklebox.com/
Where to Buy? Bookstores or online at www.idealsbooks.com
What will your sparkle box contain? What good deeds can you do this Christmas?
Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.