Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Sparkle Box Review & GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

Have you ever been concerned about the temptation to drift from the Christ-centered focus of Christmas? If so, you'll appreciate this book!

The Sparkle Box is a lovely picture book that tells the story of how one family uses a glittery  box to encourage them to remember the reason for season. During the Christmas season, the family writes on slips of paper the things they do for those in need and place the slips in the sparkle box. On Christmas day, they open the box and read aloud all of the gifts they gave to Jesus in honor of His birthday, exemplifying  Matthew 25:40: 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ !  It even includes a sparkle box for you to assemble and use.
This is such a neat idea, and I love how the publishers give you a ready-to-assemble sparkle box for your family to use. I'm looking forward to reading the book to my children just after Thanksgiving. What a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season! 

From the Publisher
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. 
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.

Written by Jill Hardie
Illustrated by Christine Kornacki
Available now!
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages, with a fold-out sparkle box included!
ages 4 to 8 

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I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

The Giveaway!
You can enter for a chance to win your own copy of this wonderful book!



pmj said...

We will check in on them, bring them some cookies and hospitality- the holidays can be lonely.

Debbie L Benoit said...

You usually bring another family cookies or dinner who we know can not get out

momwith2rugrats said...

I am so excited about this. My son is 14 and has lost what Christmas is really about. We will hold doors open, smile at everyone walking by and say hello, let people check out before us, make a gift for someone that would least expect it, and pass along this story and box next year. I think we will purchase a gift like this for a family next year. It will be our ritual.

Debbie L Benoit said...

We might also send cards to soldiers