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Sparkle Box
by Jill Hardie and Christine Kornacki


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780824956479
  • ISBN-10: 0824956478
  • Publisher: Worthykids/Ideals
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Religious - Christian - Holidays & Celebrations
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Religious - Christian - Values & Virtues
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-09-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hardie draws on a family tradition to teach children that giving to others makes Jesus happy. Sam’s excitement about the upcoming holiday and his curiosity about the “Sparkle Box” on the mantle are believable, if saccharine, as is the way in which he and his mother alternate their family’s preparations with charity for the needy. Kornacki paints wonderful outdoor scenes that make readers feel the cold of the homeless man on a bench, and indoor scenes effulgent with family love. A sentimental and preachy counter to holiday commercialism. A Sparkle Box for readers to use is included. Ages 6–10. (Oct.)

 
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