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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
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages, with a fold-out sparkle box included!
ages 4 to 8
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.
This wonderful book is a great way to remind us what is most important during the holiday season, giving to others! The Sparkle Box book includes the actual box that is featured in this book, in which your family is encouraged to write down their own acts of kindness and place within the box. My three year old is eager to learn and understand the concept of the sparkle box and my seven year old is beyond excited to contribute this holiday season so she can add to the box. I love that the children have something they can see everyday that reminds them of how they can give back. With parties, family get together, shopping trips and more, we can often forget that not everyone has the luxury of doing these things. My goal this year is to help my children to see this so that they feel compelled to give back on their own without having to be reminded. The Sparkle Box has been really great in helping my children to better understand this and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to review this book with my family!