Author: Jill Hardie
Published Date: October 1, 2012
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Synopsis: During the Christmas season, Sam and his parents participate in various acts of kindness to others and record their good deeds on slips of paper to be placed in a sparkly box, as a gift to Jesus.
My rating: 4 Stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sam is a boy who can't wait for Christmas, a very familiar situation for any of us with children, or anyone who remembers the excitement of Christmas as a child. For Sam, and for most children, young and old, it is all about the gifts we receive, the ones we are hoping to get.
But when Sam sees a sparkly box on top the mantle, he asks him mom about it. She answers rather vaguely and the holidays continue. He helps his mother donate to a homeless shelter, and learns his father's company has donated enough money to help dig a well for a village in Africa. When Sam sees a homeless man come into a store, the lessons he has learned about giving to the less fortunate finally pay off. In the end Sam learns that it is better to give than to receive.
This is a beautiful little book that shows this winter holiday time, no matter what religion you adhere to, is a time for giving to those less fortunate than us. While this book has a decidedly Christian slant to it, which as a Christian I found beautiful, I am sure it could be used with any religion.