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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Sparkle Box ~ Book Review and Giveaway

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UPDATE 11/26/13:  The winner of The Sparkle Box book is Jenniffer!  Congratulations!

When I received an email about reviewing this book, I just knew I had to do it.  When I viewed the book trailer, it had a picture of a little boy admiring a train set inside a store window.  And if you know anything about me, you may know that I have a little boy who is just a bit crazy about trains.  :)

About The Sparkle Box - 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. 

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 


Author Bio
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.  

Illustrator Bio
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.  

Alex and I read this book together the other night.  He loved the story and the colorful illustrations.  The wonder of what exactly was in The Sparkle Box kept him engaged.  He couldn't wait for me to turn the page and read some more!

This is a great story of giving and what Christmas should really be about.  Not about getting more stuff, but about doing for others as Jesus would do.

The book even includes our very own Sparkle Box.  We look forward to filling it this year and hopefully for years to come!

If you'd like a chance to win this book for your family, just leave a comment telling me if there is one thing that you do every year to help those in need.  Maybe you volunteer your time at a homeless shelter.  Or donate toys to underprivileged kids.  Or help out a widow in your neighborhood by shoveling the snow off her sidewalk.  Whatever it might be, just shout it out in your comment.  Not as a way to bring recognition to ourselves, but just to give others ideas of things they can do to help.

I'll start ... every year we help fill shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child program that our church participates in.  My kids love to go shopping for items to put into the shoe boxes.  Realizing that this is probably the only gift a child may receive makes them even more excited about giving.  We plan to do a couple other things this year also, like help an organization that supplies toys to kids in Children's Hospital and help another family in need.  Not to bring ourselves glory but to bring glory to God as we serve Him.  We are so blessed, we just wish to pass some of that along to others.

So, back to the giveaway ... leave your comment by Monday, November 25.  I will randomly draw a winner on Tuesday, November 26 and notify them by email.  So be sure to include your email address!  It won't be used for any other purpose.  No spam coming from here!  :)

Thank you for your interest!  Have a blessed Christmas!


Jenniffer Grafton said...

We sometimes fill a shoebox, go Christmas caroling , or ring the bell for Salvation army.

Laura said...

We do the shoeboxes. :)