The Sparkle Box (A Christmas Book)
We love reading Christmas books and are always looking for new ones to add to our collection. The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie is a new one for us this year and it’s a beautiful book. It’s been a great reminder that not every gift comes from a store and that sometimes doing for others is the best gift you can give yourself.
The story centers around Sam and his family. Sam is a young boy who is very excited for Christmas. He loves the traditions, the parties, the holiday foods, and, of course, presents! He’s very interested in a sparkling gift box that is beneath the tree but all his parents will tell him is that they will open it together on Christmas morning.
Throughout the holiday season Sam and his family perform many acts of charity and kindness. For example, when he and his mother went to the park to look at the lights, he saw a man lying on a park bench. His mother explained that not everyone has a place to live. Later Sam sees the same man enter the store he and his mother were shopping in and so Sam gives him a pair of mittens and a candy bar bought with his own money.
On Christmas morning he is anxious to open the sparkly box and when he does he is surprised. The box is filled only with slips of paper. His parents pull them out and they read them together: donating blankets and food to the homeless, giving a man in need mittens and a treat, and other good deeds. His mother explained that it was a good way to remember how they had honored the true meaning of Christmas.
The book is beautifully illustrated by Christine Kornacki. They definitely kept Bubbles’ attention as we read through it. And included in the back of the book is your own sparkle box so you can start a similar tradition with your own family.