Monday, November 5, 2012

The Sparkle Box review and *giveaway*

The Sparkle Box is a new story book for families to illustrate the joy in doing for others, especially as we approach CHRISTmastime.

Written by Jill Hardie and illustrated by Christine Kornacki, The Sparkle Box tells the story of a child named Sam who eagerly anticipates the arrival of CHRISTmas and gift-opening.  The story is one that most children will identify with in a big way.

Hardie's story is one of perspective taking, looking for ways to help others - both near and far - in need. When Sam's family helps someone, they write down how they helped one a slip of paper and put that slip of paper in the Sparkle Box. On CHRISTmas Day, they open the box and read the gifts they gave to Jesus as they were the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need.

The back cover of the book contains a Sparkle Box ready to assemble and sit on your mantle. Kornacki's illustrations are rich and warm, beautiful. In terms of working with a delayed reader, the font is quite big, and while some pages have quite a bit of text, the text did not overwhelm my child and she tends to resist anything that looks like too much on a page.  The balance of pictures and text is good in terms of a beginner reader who is anxious about reading.

Children with autism sometimes struggle to perspective-take.  The Sparkle Box gives me an avenue to practice perspective taking and helping by active participation with a child on the spectrum.  The book makes the concept of helping someone in need more concrete for children who need that.

Take a peek:

The list price is $19.99.  The book is adorable.

I received a copy of this book at no charge to me to review on this blog. I am not paid for reviews and not obligated to provide a positive review. RE: Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Propeller is generously offering a copy for one of my readers.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK, SIMPLY COMMENT BELOW.  I'll choose a winner a week from today, Nov 12th.  Enter by midnight CST on Nov 11th.


ohiohomeschool said...

I would love to win Penny!
Becky Boerner

Anonymous said...

i would love to win.
amy lapain

Jill Hardie said...

Hi Penny,

Thank you for your review. I was very moved by it! I wanted to let you know that there are free activities and printables on that you may also find helpful. Blessings! --Jill Hardie

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