Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The Sparkle Egg


Written by Jill Hardie
Illustrated by Christine Kornacki
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages
Ages 4 to 8 

Visit the official website:  http://www.idealsbooks.com 

Author Bio
Jill Hardie’s first book, The Sparkle Box, ignited a new Christmas tradition that helps center Christmas in the true joy of the season. Now Jill is hoping to touch lives with a new Easter tradition with The Sparkle Egg. She lives in North Canton, Ohio.

Illustrator Bio
Christine Kornacki illustrated the highly acclaimed The Sparkle Box. She has a love for painting and a knack for bringing stories to life. Christine received a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford and spends most days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming café in New Haven, Connecticut.

My Review:
This is a delightful book about God's grace and forgiveness. Sam loves Easter and its traditions but this year, he feels more guilty than excited because he lies to his mom. Even when he apologizes and his parents forgive him, he still feels bad and ashamed. His mom helps him make a special Easter craft called a Sparkle Egg. She asks him to draw a picture of anything he feels guilty about, on a slip of paper and put it in his Sparkle Egg. On Easter morning, there's a surprise waiting for Sam. Read the book to find out what happens to his Sparkle Egg :)! In the end, his dad explains to him that the greatest gift of Easter is the gift of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Meaningful and touching story! Vividly beautiful and realistic illustrations! This book will make a memorable Easter gift for young children in your lives. Because of Christ, we're fully forgiven and free. Let's live accordingly; shine and sparkle for Jesus!

"When we are free from the burden of guilt, we are able to let God's beautiful light shine through us." (from "A Note from the Author" on the last page)

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)

"There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit Who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2)


GIVEAWAY: You can win a copy of this book. Open only to residents in the US and Canada.
Deadline: 4/13 at midnight (Pacific time)

To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Please share one of your Easter traditions.



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  2. We cook together, specifically deviled eggs, served on my great grandma's tray.
    Carolyn Bassett
    caribassette@aol.com

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  3. Christierobello@gmail.com

    We go to sunrise service and come home and have brunch. We watch a bible cartoon about the resurrection of Jesus.

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