The Sparkle Box

Hardie, Jill (author). Kornacki, Christine (illustrator). The Sparkle Box: A Gift With The Power To Change Christmas. Nashville, TN: Ideal’s Children’s Books. 2012.

SUMMARY:
sparkleboxExcited and intrigued by the shiny, glittery Sparkle Box on his mantle, Sam is already thrilled about all the Christmas activities. Being told that the box will be shared after it is finally filled only adds to the emotion of the season. While waiting, Sam and his family take several opportunities to help and serve others which accentuates for Sam how blessed he truly is in life. On Christmas morning when it is time to open the presents, Sam discovers who the Sparkle Box really is for…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Spectacular! A beautiful story complemented by extraordinary pictures, the Sparkle Box is a genuine gem. Full page painting-type pictures (reminds me of Polar Express quality) accompanies a text capable of starting a new tradition at Christmas, perhaps even throughout the year. Definitely gift-worthy, perfect for a Sunday School lesson and activity, as well as a book to be shared between adults and children, The Sparkle Box also boasts an actual Sparkle Box to assemble and fill. To inspire even more, the author includes the message to the reader…”You are the light of the world. Make it sparkle.” Beautiful!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Sparkle Box from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

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The Littlest Christmas Kitten

Jackson, Leona Novy. Dupre, Kelly. The Littlest Christmas Kitten. Maryville, MO: Snaptail Press. 2006.

SUMMARY:
kittenOn the holiest of nights long, long ago…a small kitten is lost. Mother cat looks high and low all throughout the stable until she finds him snuggled in the manger which is soon to be used by Joseph and Mary for the birth of the Christ child. Scampering home safely, Mother and Father cats still share the story of the night Baby Jesus shared the manger bed with the baby kitten…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Adorable! With a caring story about kittens and the birth of Jesus, this child’s book reveals how intertwined life and faith can be in the smallest, simplest of ways. A beautiful version of the Christmas story is coupled with magnificent print making illustrations making this book glorious to read and share. Even more, the double-page layout contains smaller artwork pieces which relate directly to the story on each page. A glossary of relevant Christmas symbols (Stable, Nativity, Star, Holly) is included at the back with a special note on cats (keeping them safe, life-long commitments, special friends). Absolutely charming!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Littlest Christmas Kitten from BookCrash as well as the author for my honest review*