Monday, November 11, 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Sparkle Box

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The Sparkle Box written by Jill Hardie 

Book Description: 

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. 

Book Review: 
I originally read this book to my three year old, who sat through the entire book pointing at the beautiful illustrations and asking lots of questions. When we got to the end of the story, she asked to read it again. And then again. 
The next day I read it to all the kids (ages 3, 5, and 8) they each enjoyed it, and it "sparked" lots of great conversation. 
The kids and I assembled the included sparkle box (which, by the way, we all were fascinated by…. and who wouldn't be, with all that glitter/sparkle!??!) and talked about ways that we might serve Jesus during this holiday season. The older two kids each made a list or drew pictures of ideas that they had, some from the book, others, I was delighted to see were ideas of their own.
Since then, we have worked at making a few of their ideas a reality, one of them was to give warm clothes to kids who might be cold - we had the kids pick out a few of their gently used coats to donate, and 1 new coat that we had gotten last year on clearance, that we really didn't need, the kids delivered them themselves to the drop off locations. There were several other ideas that our family is excited to do this season and we plan on taking the time to fill the sparkle box which now sits on our mantle. 
The great thing about this book is that it's not just a good book to read, but its a practical way to work together as a family to not only create a lasting tradition to come, but to also to serve Jesus and others during the holiday season. 

Book Giveaway: 
Flyby promotions is offering one of my readers a free copy of this book!! 
To enter the giveaway submit a comment of an act of kindness or generosity that you and your family would like to do this holiday season. Please be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you. 

This giveaway is open to US and Canada only 
The giveaway will end Monday, November 25th at 12:00pm 
I will select a winner using random.org 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review, the opinions expressed our completely my own. 

5 comments:

flowerchild said...

My family want to sponsor a family or child this Christmas. Or volunteer at our local food bank.
thanks

flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

We would like to sponsor a child, bell ringing, and do goodies for our postal workers, police department. Thanks for a chance to win.
Krisforme2002@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

We plan on picking a couple names off the tree and giving christmas to some area kids who are less fortunate. Also I'm thinking about serving meals at a homeless shelter with my girls

Cagefan23@yahoo.com

Ashley Skye said...

As my children get older (so when I don't have t chase them or carry them) I really want to donate time somewhere giving back and having my children see those that don't have as much as they do. Then read the verses about helping those in need

Alexis said...

I would like to take the kids and do some caroling, bring Christmas cards or whatever to the area Nursing homes.