Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Sparkle Box - A Review

Note - I understand that this is the second post today. Enjoy both the Saturday Scribbles and the book review today. The publisher gave me the date for the review. 

Published - December 2015, Worthy Publishers
Author - Jill Hardie
Title - The Sparkle Box
Format - hardcover
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Beautifully illustrated, this Christmas story tells of Sam and how he tries to figure out what is in the sparkly box sitting on the family's fireplace mantel. As Sam gets ready for Christmas with his family, he sees a homeless man, helps his mother with some donations, attends his father's Christmas party, and gets ready for his school party. But through it all, he wonders what is in the sparkle box and why it isn't yet ready to be opened.

I loved this book. The illustrations are beautiful, almost like paintings. The story itself is very touching and sweet. I read this book aloud to my best friend's daughters (4yrs old, and 3 yrs old). As I was reading it, the 3 year old was trying to figure out what was in the box. This book is full of teachable moments. Not only about what Christmas is all about but things like why some people don't have enough food to eat or places to live. It is one book that I can see being very easy to engage a child in questions. The book also comes with a sparkle box that the reader can make with their own family and a guide about using a sparkle box.

I received this book for free from Worthy Publishing for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to parents, teachers, librarians, fans of picture books

Rating - 5 stars

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