Today's book is a new one to me! The cover grabbed my interest and the story did not disappoint. The book is: The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie. It was just published this year by ideals children's books.
Sam is excited about Christmas as most children are. But he is curious about a special present that is wrapped in sparkling silver paper. This is a present that he and his parents will open together. However, they will need to fill it first. As Sam and his parents give to others in their community. They give of their time as well as material things. He sees how fortunate he really is. This is a book that will give children the true meaning of Christmas.
The author, Jill Hardie, took a special event in her childhood to turn into this story. This is a great way to show children that writing about things in their lives can make wonderful fiction stories for others. Oh, did I mention that there is a special Sparkle Box included in the back of the book for you to use in your classroom?