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The Sparkle Box Review plus Giveaway (11/27)

I love to read, and I love to read to my kids.  I especially love to read stories to them that have a meaning behind them, or that teach a lesson. At Christmas time, we add stories about the nativity to our reading list.  This year we’ve added The Sparkle Box, from Ideals Publications, to our holiday reading list.

The Sparkle Box, written by Jill Hardie and illustrated by Christine Kornacki, is a touching story that teaches about giving at Christmas time.  As Sam, the main character, thinks about his Christmas list, holiday parties, and more, there is a mysterious box that sits atop the mantel by the fireplace.  Throughout the Christmas season, Sam’s mom explains that they have to add to the Sparkle Box for it to be ready at Christmas.  Wen Sam finally opens it on Christmas morning, instead of a gift he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. His parents explain that the things that they’ve done throughout the season, like give blankets to the poor and donating to a water well project in Africa, were in fact gifts for Jesus.

I won’t lie, I cried as I read this story to my kids.  I cried because the story embodies the lessons my Mom taught me about giving, and because they are precisely the lessons I want my children to learn.  We volunteer at a food pantry for that very reason.

As I folded together the included Sparkle Box to put on our mantel, Sister clapped excitedly and squealed, “We get to give gifts to Jesus!!”  Indeed, we do.

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The Sparkle Box is available at, on Amazon and wherever Christian books are sold.

Ideals Books would like to give one lucky TBC reader a copy of The Sparkle Box to start your own faith centered tradition with.

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Hi Virginia, I just wanted to thank you for your review. I am so touched by your family’s reaction to The Sparkle Box! I hope you’ll be blessed by the tradition this year. Also, I wanted to let you know that there are free printables (Sparkle Like Jesus coloring page and other activities), and ideas on to make this tradition even more meaningful. One more thing–I read your “about” page and just wanted to tell you, you are very inspiring!!! Blessings–Jill Hardie

  2. Ann Fantom says:

    If I won, I would give this to my daughter

  3. EMMA L HORTON says:


  4. i’d get it for my niece

  5. Christine Waddell says:

    I would love to read this to my grandkids.

  6. Christine Waddell says:

    I would love to hear more about Grandma Loves You.

  7. I would like to have the book Over the River and Through the Woods to add to my Christmas collection.

  8. golden storm says:

    it will b for my grandson if i win

  9. Becky Mason says:

    looks like a great book!

  10. Stephanie Larison says:

    This would be for my daughter!

  11. This will be for the granddaughters

  12. Ed Nemmers says:

    We make all of the cookie doughs ahead of time and then do assembly line Christmas cookie baking all in one night!

  13. We bake and decorate Christmas Cookies every year with the kids.

  14. Another book I’d like from Ideals is Over the River and Through The Woods.