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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Sparkle Box Review



Recently, I received a delightful children's picture book to review called The Sparkle Box, which was written by Jill Hardie and illustrated by Christine Kornacki.  Subtitled, "A gift with the power to change Christmas," The Sparkle Box uses the fictional story of a young boy, Sam, and his family preparing for Christmas to present the idea of a new Christmas tradition--a Sparkle Box as a gift for Jesus.  Sam's parent tell him that they will open the Sparkle Box together, but they need to fill it first.  Each day, he asks his parents if they put something in the Sparkle Box, and they tell him when they have, but not what they have.  On Christmas morning, the family opens the box (their present to Jesus) together, and Sam is reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. 

The pros:  This book is well written, and beautifully illustrated.  My children enjoyed the story and the concept SO much that they immediately asked if we could put together our own Sparkle Box (each book comes with one) and begin filling it.  I love that it focused them on doing and giving for Jesus, and not on the receiving for themselves.  I definitely see us incorporating the Sparkle Box tradition into our Christmas celebrations. 

The cons:  None!

The bottom line:  You can click here to order The Sparkle Box.  If you'd like to see a trailer of the book, you can watch that on VimeoThe Sparkle Box retails for $19.99 and includes a Sparkle Box for you to assemble so you can carry on the tradition.

And because everybody love a GIVE AWAY...I have a copy of The Sparkle Box to give away to one lucky reader!




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17 comments:

Nicole said...

I would love this. I think my kids would eat it up ... and there is NOTHING better than a good piece of literature to teach a concept.

Stefanie said...

love and kindness??

Beth Morris said...

I think the contents of the box must be something to do with giving to others, maybe even prayers for others?

Kym Thorpe said...

I went to the website and it told me what the box was filled up with! LOL I won't spoil the surprise for others though. ;-)

Karyn Tripp said...

Hmmm... I don't know?! Such a hard question! Guess I will have to win the book to find out!

Jenn said...

I have no idea! lol

Sara @ Embracing Destiny said...

I'll guess love!

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

Is it filled with love?

Cristi said...

I think it's filled with sparkly feelings that come from doing good deeds for others.

Shalynne Addison said...

Hmmm, I'm guessing it's filled with love, kindness, or some way that demonstrates giving to others.

aliveinspirit said...

What we are thankful for in each other and how we can glorify Him.

Leslie said...

I don't know. I have never heard of this but it looks great! My guess....love.

A Learning Journey said...

Jesus's LOVE. Now I want to cheat and look it up on the website. Hee hee!

Lynn @ TDHGP said...

Prayer

Fresh Start Academy said...

The true meaning of christmas?

Lisa said...

I think the box could be filled with kindness, love, caring.

Jill Hardie said...

Thanks for your review! I am so excited to hear that your children are already filling up their Sparkle Box! There are some free printables on www.TheSparkleBox.com that they may enjoy (coloring, chore chart and craft idea), as well as some additional ideas on making The Sparkle Box tradition special. Blessings! -Jill Hardie