The Sparkle Box
Written by Jill Hardie
Illustrated by Christine Kornacki
Here is the touching story of a young boy who unknowingly participates in a powerful new Christmas tradition: honoring Jesus on His birthday by giving to others.
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.
As soon as we read this book my 9 year old daughter jumped in that she wants to do this! I think she loved the story and the leading toward giving this Christmas season.The illustrator does an outstanding job of capturing the emotions of the characters in the story! You can see the joy bursting out of Sam.
I loved how the book didn't replace Sam's gifts by giving away all he would normally get, but instead added in support for those in need. Sam was doubly blessed with his giving and chose to open the sparkle box first on Christmas morning.. setting aside the gifts to see what the box was all about.
Each time you do something giving for someone in need, it is a gift to Jesus. You put the name of the action on a paper and tuck it into the sparkle box for Christmas. This is your gift through the season to present to Jesus.
Beautiful story, awesome action plan!
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