The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas

The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas

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The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas by Jill Hardie, Christine Kornacki


The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas. Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s 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. 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 parents explain that the things that they’ve been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus—for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This heartfelt story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their own homes. Includes a glitter-coated fold-out Sparkle Box!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824956479
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 535,015
Product dimensions: 10.26(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a great Christmas story for kids and adults. This is a perfect way to give gifts to Jesus. I hope this makes many people want to make Sparkle boxes. This was well written and illustrated. This should become a Christmas classic. It made me cry twice so far. I received this book from Worthy publishing for a fair and honest opinion.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
The Sparkle Box By: Jill Hardie Throughout this children book the pictures are so beautiful they took me back in time and a back to the place I grew up in. So the pictures too had great meaning to me as I sat and looked at them through a child’s eyes again. The snow called out Christmas is on its way. The Christmas trees and the town’s decorations look so welcoming that I wanted to go back in time when Christmas was a time we decorated the whole town and homes in celebration of the baby Jesus. The parents were teaching their son what the true meaning of Christmas was all about. The lesson he learned was one we should all be teaching our children. As you go through the journey of this book with this wonderful family you will learn a wonderful lesson as well. So come along and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas through a child’s world. I recommend this book highly. I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 5 Stars ISBN: 13:978-0-8249-5647-9
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful children's book. The story is very simple and a wonderful reminder as to one of the biggest joys of Christmastime. In my mind that is being able to bless others. I love the way that the parents teach their son through example and then let him figure out how much joy it brings himself. The illustrations are beautifully done. They are very crisp and clear. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Make It Sparkle! A nursing home can be a pretty grim place on a holiday, but a one-year-old with smiley eyes who is practicing his walking in the hallways is certainly a game changer. The hard journey of my mother’s transition to a care facility has never been harder than this first big holiday without her in our home, but when eight Morins landed in the cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day, the room changed for just a minute. Smiles were given and received. Next time — I’m bringing cookies for everyone! As parents (and grandparents) we struggle to capture the energy and love that gleam forth from our celebration of Jesus’ birthday and channel it towards those in need, while at the same time resisting the commercialism and acquisitiveness that feeds on “more” and “me.” In The Sparkle Box, Jill Hardie is helping us along with a page shared from her own family Christmas traditions seen through the eyes of young Sam. In the midst of the excitement of gifts, parties, and decorations, Sam has spotted something new: a sparkly box that sits in a prominent position on the mantel. Is it for him? What’s inside? The suspense builds page after page, for even with all the drama and fun of the season, Sam’s thoughts keep being pulled back – and back again – to The Sparkle Box: “Daddy, did you and Mom fill up the Sparkle Box yet?” “Well, we added something to it tonight, but it’s still not ready to be opened.” Illustrator Christine Kornacki portrays Sam’s world of Christmas festivities with realistic and detailed paintings that, at times, could pass for photographs. She has placed Sam in a multicultural context with friends in several shades of brown, and has incorporated vivid contrasts, homey scenes, frosted windowpanes, and an adorable stuffed puppy in red pajamas. The challenge that resonates from the heart of The Sparkle Box comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world . . .” The narrative also brought to mind Paul’s words in Philippians 2:13 in which he challenges believers to shine like lights in a dark world. Jesus said that whatever we do for those who are overlooked or ignored is really a gift to Him. It brings joy to His heart. When we bring an awareness of those in need into our own family’s remembrance of Jesus’ birthday — whether it’s a visit to a nursing home, a blanket for a homeless person, or a contribution toward the education of children in foreign lands — we change our celebration by making it sparkle with the love of God. The Sparkle Box comes complete with a sparkly box, and the author’s website provides further support and encouragement to get families started on the tradition of giving a gift to Jesus on His birthday. P.S. After drafting this review, I had the opportunity to share The Sparkle Box with the children of my Sunday School. (The adults were there, too, but we didn’t mind.) After our story time, I showed them our sparkle box and the red and green slips of paper for writing their gifts to Jesus. We are looking forward to opening the box on the last Sunday of Advent and celebrating all the gifts our church family has presented to Jesus in honor of His birth! This book was provided by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my review. 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.”
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
I pause when I call this a children's book because I believe that every person needs to remember the importance of Christmas. In this book, while Sam is preparing for Christmas, he sees a train that he would really love to have, so he places it on his Christmas list. When he is at home he is sitting with his mom when he asks what is in the sparkly box on the mantle. She let him know that they will be placing items in it over the season. Through the Advent season, the family helps others in various ways. When Sam asks again about the box, he is told that there are a few things in it. On Christmas morning, he discovers that the box has slips of paper with the charitable acts they took part in over the past weeks. I loved this book. I always encouraged my children to give to other and I know they enjoyed knowing they were helping others. In fact, today, I know they still think of others first. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It has started a new tradition in my family to help us remember others so we can present a sparkly gift to Jesus on His day. I was given this book by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great gift
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jill Hardie in her new book, “The Sparkle Box” published by Ideals Children’s Books gives us a gift with the power to change Christmas.  Illustrations by Christine Kornacki. From the back cover:  The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas. Sam can’t wait for Christmas!  He’s excited about the parties, the food and, of course, the presents.  One gift has him especially curious–a sparkling silver box on the mantel.  Sam’s parents will only tell him that the Sparkle Box is a special gift they will open together, but that they need to fill it first. Meanwhile, as Sam and his family give to people in need throughout the season, he starts to see how fortunate he really is.  And on Christmas morning, When Sam finally opens the mysterious Sparkle Box what he finds inside sheds light on the true meaning of Christmas. There is a reason why there are so many stories about Christmas on the television about this time and that reason is everyone loves a good story where the spirit of Christmas changes a person.  That’s why everyone wishes Christmas could last all year round.  ”The Sparkle Box” is one of the best Christmas stories that I have read.  This book is not just an illustrated book that we can sit with our children and read to them while we look at the exquisite artistry by Christine Kornacki.  No, this is a book that, if we take it seriously, will change how we look at and deal with Christmas in our families.  ”The Sparkle Box” is one sweet read that you probably are going to read over and over again and then keep it handy to read again next year.  I also think it will make a wonderful gift to give to friends and family so they can enjoy it over and over as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR By The Book.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, November 18, 2013 The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas by Jill Hardie ~*~ illlustrated by Christine Kornacki, ©2012 more than a story ~*~ giving to others A story to share and beginning your own tradition of The Sparkle Box ~ you may already be filling it. With bright illustrations and the zest of a child, Sam finds Christmas extra special this year as he looks forward to finding out what is inside. Filling others' lives with hope, giving from our hearts, fills this gift to Jesus. ~*Has your family been filling The Sparkle Box through the years?*~ Written by Jill Hardie, this story first appeared in Guideposts magazine Sam can't wait for Christmas! He's excited about the parties, the food, and of course, the presents. One gift has him especially curious¿a sparkling silver box on the mantel. Sam's parents will only tell him that the Sparkle Box is a special gift they will open together, but that they need to fill it first. Meanwhile, as Sam and his family give to people in need throughout the season, he starts to see how fortunate he really is. And on Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the mysterious Sparkle Box, what he finds inside sheds light on the true meaning of Christmas. ***Thank you to FlyBy Promotions for sending a copy of The Sparkle Box for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder if there was a way to inspire your children and family to do more this Christmas for those less fortunate? I've got the perfect way to do just that! The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie is a children's book that showcases a unique sparkle box that Sam's parents place on the mantle just at the start of the Christmas season. Sam is more than curious to know what it is, and his mom tells him that he can open it on Christmas morning but that they haven't finished filling it yet. As the days go by, Sam participates with his parents in doing things for others less fortunate, donating blankets and food, helping to finance a well for clean drinking water in Africa among other things. Besides all the Christmas parties and food, Sam's looking forward to opening the presents most of all. What Sam finds inside the Sparkle Box sheds light on the true meaning of Christmas. This beautifully illustrated book by Christine Kornacki, is what my youngest daughter calls a "classic!" meaning simply that the pictures alone tell a story for those too young to read to enjoy! The best part is the Sparkle Box that is included at the end of the book for your family to incorporate this idea into your Christmas every year. I, for one, can't wait to assemble ours. I received The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie compliments of Ideals Books and Fly By Promotions for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. This one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to incorporate this into our Christmas traditions! This enables families to enjoy the Christmas season the way it was intended and to bring about the true meaning instead of simply getting presents. This book is perfect for children ages 3 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sparkle Box, written by Jill Hardie, is a unique way to help your children take the focus off the presents they get for Christmas, and place it on the gifts that we should be giving everyday to those around us. Sam, the little boy in the story, is no different than most children at Christmas time. He cannot keep his mind off the presents under the tree, especially the mysterious sparkle box his mom put there. His curiosity is further piqued when she tells him, while it’s empty now, they will be filling it with lots of different things. As the story progresses, Sam sees his parents giving food to a homeless shelter, donating money to a worthy cause, and eventually, he too gets involved when he helps out a man in need. On Christmas morning, he finds that the Sparkle Box is filled with scraps of paper – notes of how they gave to others that Christmas season. His mom explaines that these are their gift to Jesus. The book is wonderfully written, and beautifully illustrated. It comes with a sparkle box you can use, as well as suggestions on how to create your own Sparkle Box. The message of Christmas is about giving not getting, is taken to a different level. The Sparkle Box calls on parents and children to think “outside of the box” when it comes to living out our faith. Additionally, it reminds us to not just talk about giving at Christmas, but to actually act on it in significant and meaningful ways. We placed our box out already, and have decided we are going to keep it up year-round. My husband also reminded our children that their slips should remain anonymous; it isn’t about calling attention to your acts of service. Additionally, we spoke of how many of our acts will never make it to a slip of paper, as sometimes we don’t know how we’ve helped someone. The sparkle box is there to remind us that our hearts should be so full of God’s love that we can’t help but let that love out.