Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: The Sparkle Box

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.


My Review:
I was surprised to find that this book talks about a Christmas tradition that our family has been doing for years! I read the book to my kids and they laughed because they already knew about the plot :). Every year after Thanksgiving, my kids start preparing their gifts for Jesus. Christmas is the time when we celebrate our Savior’s birth. We want to give Him gifts (though we do things for Jesus all year through). The Sparkle Box is a delightful book with a wonderful message. The boy in the story looks forward to opening a mysterious box on Christmas morning and what he finds in the box helps him realize what the true meaning of Christmas is. Beautiful, vivid illustrations...warm and inviting! I only wish they didn't include the wise men in the nativity scene (they were not there when Jesus was born). The book includes one sparkle box and a note from the author at the end of the book.

"It is more blessed to give than to receive." ~Jesus

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  1. I would love to have this book in my Christmas collection! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
    Mandy Bamford

  2. I would love to have this in my Christmas book collection what a great book I would love to read it

  3. I would love to add this to my Christmas reading list.


  4. I have liked your facebook page in the past.

  5. I would love to share this book with my kids. Susie Peters.