Barbara's Product Reviews & Giveaways

October 16, 2012 2:35 PM

The Sparkle Box - a new Christmas tradition

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Want to teach your children that Christmas means so much more than gifts? Want to play down consumerism and materialism leading up to the day we remember Jesus' birth? Want them to really live the words "more blessed to give than to receive?"

Here's a book that can start a beautiful new tradition in your family - with the story of a boy whose parents begin the holiday season with a Sparkle Box, where they deposit notes of things they did for others, offering it Christmas morning to Jesus.

The book not only introduces the tradition through a story - which young children need to learn (hey, don't we all? - which is why the Bible is a collection of stories) - but it has a shiny, shimmer Sparkle Box included which you can unfold and use year after year.

I especially like the texture of the dust jacket, so children can "feel" the sparkle. Montessori emphasizes that the more senses involved, the more successful learning will be. And concrete impressions made in these early years will stick with a child forever.

And I like the very natural-looking pictures.

THE SPARKLE BOX - Official Book Trailer from Ideals Books on Vimeo.

Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

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. Ages 4-8.

Includes a glitter-coated fold-out Sparkle Box!
More information at Ideals Books

Thanks to Ideals Books for sending me this book to review and for offering one for a MommyLife giveaway. Please leave a comment for drawing 10/29.

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Love this. This is what Christmas and God's gift to mankind is all about. Being the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting world, and learning that to do for the "least of these" is truly a gift we give back to Jesus.

Posted by: Linda | October 17, 2012 9:36 AM

What a BEAUTIFUL idea!

Posted by: Carol | October 17, 2012 3:43 PM

What a wonderful idea! I was just talking with my son during our homeschooling time about how it is better to give than to receive--this is a great way to make that stand out in our family.

Posted by: silver | October 17, 2012 8:49 PM

Sign me up

Posted by: Danielle | October 17, 2012 10:59 PM

What a perfect way to turn consumerism around!

Posted by: Shaina | October 18, 2012 3:29 AM

This sounds neat :)

Posted by: Jessi | October 18, 2012 9:32 AM

Beautiful idea.

Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | October 18, 2012 11:43 AM

This would be awesome!

Posted by: Monica | October 18, 2012 2:03 PM

This would go well with what we're trying to instill in our kids. Thanks for the chance.

Posted by: Maureen | October 18, 2012 3:51 PM

This looks great!

Posted by: Karen | October 18, 2012 10:32 PM

I love this idea. We'll have to do this, with or without the book.

Posted by: Denise | October 19, 2012 1:41 PM

We had a "sparkle box" growing up!!!... Actually, it was a tissue box wrapped in wrapping paper- we would write our good deeds & prayers on a piece of paper & put inside- our gift to baby Jesus :).. As we got older a $amount was attached to each- for instance we would get 50cents per Rosary... then we could use that money to buy a present for those in our family or the poor! (sorta like a Christmas allowance)... What a great giveaway!

Posted by: Melanie | October 19, 2012 6:35 PM

This sounds like a lovely tradition and a lovely book.

Posted by: Debbie | October 20, 2012 3:15 PM

Hi Barbara, Thank you for your review of The Sparkle Box! I am so happy to read the enthusiastic comments from your followers! I love the comment from Karen: that she plans to do the tradition with or without the book! The beauty of this tradition is you don't need the book to do it! Your followers can visit for ideas, free printables and more. Under ideas for group leaders, there are printable information sheets that you can share with people who haven't read the book, but may enjoy the tradition. With thanks and prayers for many blessings!
--Jill Hardie

Posted by: Jill Hardie | October 20, 2012 4:00 PM

We are always looking for new Christmas traditions!

Posted by: katie Nohl | October 22, 2012 12:01 PM

My little Lily will love this book!

Posted by: Dolisa Winkelman | October 24, 2012 10:32 AM

What a unique book.

Posted by: Angie W | October 24, 2012 10:45 AM

I was moved to tears by this. Or maybe I'm just hormonal. Regardless, this resource provides a tangible way to teach the depth and beauty of Jesus' "cup of cold water" concept. This book provides a great reminder for children AND parents!!! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Posted by: Katie S. | October 25, 2012 4:38 PM

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