About the Book
Like most young children, Sam is so excited about Christmas. He’s busy 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. Throughout the Christmas season, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness and service to others. On Christmas morning, Sam finally gets to open the Sparkle Box, where he finds slips of paper recording the family’s good deeds during the holiday season. Sam’s parents explain that the things that they’ve been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for God. This uplifting story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their homes.
We don’t have any real holiday traditions to speak of. We put our tree up after Thanksgiving, we open one gift on Christmas Eve, but that’s about it. When I got approached about The Sparkle Box I was really attracted to this idea. My boys are only 5 and 7 so they are still very “ME and MINE” oriented. They understand sharing and helping others, they just really like when they are the ones getting stuff lol. The Sparkle Box is a really sweet way to teach about helping others. You set the box up somewhere and everytime you or your family perform an act of kindness you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the box. Then you put the box under the tree and Christmas morning you open it first and see what your family has given back. The story is very well written and easy for even the youngest child to understand. The illustrations are beautiful also!. My 7 year old reads really well so he’s read the book over and over to himself, and he reads it to his little brother too. Once the holidays are over I’ll be putting the book and box away so it stays nice for next year. This is a great way to start a new tradition for your family.
About the Author
Like many families, Jill Hardie saw that her family would get caught up in the tinsel, parties, gifts, lights and general busyness of the season that they would forget there is a deeper reason to celebrate Christmas. She found a special way to show her children the joy of giving to others and to teach them that giving is itself a gift! The result is The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas, which is written by Jill Hardie, and beautifully illustrated by Christine Kornacki. Each book even comes with a beautiful sparkle box, so families can begin their own tradition this Christmas season.
The Sparkle Box
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