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{review & giveaway} The Sparkle Egg

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner is comment #3 - Amanda!  Congratulations!!

Happy First Day of Spring!! It doesn't really feel like it around here. We still have tons of snow, it's blustery and cold. But the calendar says it's spring.  And with spring, comes Easter.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a great new Easter book published by Ideals BooksThe Sparkle Egg, written by Jill Hardie and illustrated by Christine Kornacki, is a beautiful story. It teaches of Christ's full redemption and how one boy realized he was truly free.

I don't want to tell the whole story, but I'll fill you in a bit. Sam is feeling guilty about something he did. His parents talked to him about forgiveness. They prayed. They forgave him. But that nagging guilt over his behavior is still bothering Sam. As Easter approaches, Sam's parents tell him about the Sparkle Egg.

Without giving away any more of the story, I'll say that the Sparkle Egg is a genius idea for Christian parents that want to communicate to their children the extent of Christ's forgiveness.  I was raised in a non-Christian home, so ideas like this are just so eye opening to me! The Sparkle Egg is pretty special and reading it in the context of the story is moving. It's a beautiful story and lesson about being fully free through Christ's redemption.

The really special thing for me was watching Lauren read some of the sentences to Addie. It's so nice to have great stories in the house for my little reader. The Sparkle Egg is definitely one that I wouldn't mind her reading again and again.

There are also instructions on how to make your own Sparkle Egg at the end of the book. It would be a great tradition to start with your children this Easter.

To celebrate the first day of spring, Christ's unending forgiveness and the quickly approaching Easter holiday, I'm hosting a giveaway for one copy of The Sparkle Egg! All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me your favorite Easter tradition. Dying eggs? A special recipe? Dinner with family? Tell me all about it!

The contest will end April 3 at midnight. The winner will be announced on April 4 and notified by email. One entry per person, please.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


  1. We LOVED The Sparkle Box at Christmas time. GREAT message! I would love to have this book to share with my kids for Easter. As a kid, I grew up coloring Easter eggs and an Easter egg hunt. Resurrection Eggs are our favorite things to do at Easter in our house. The kids love finding what is inside and remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We look forward to it every year.

  2. Wow, Easter tradition favorite...that is hard as we are still working in our family traditions around here. I think right now, despite the mess, we love dying eggs the most. A close second would be the resurrection rolls we made last year because they told the story and my boys got to help bake,which they enjoy. I would love to have this book as I have at least one bookworm around here so far and May be one soon. The more good stories they can devour, the better. :)

  3. We celebrate a traditional Jewish Passover and in the twelve says leading up to Easter we go through Resurrection eggs.

  4. Most years we dye eggs, most years, we have a hunt for plastic eggs full of candy, most years, we get all dressed up and go to church. Some years one of those doesn't happen, and that's okay, too. Last year we had our egg hunt "late" because we had bad weather and 3 extra toddlers staying in our house over Easter.

  5. I loved the "Sparkle Box' at Christmas, and am praying that this will be one we can make a tradition like that! Haven't been able to read it yet, but looks like a great story!! Thanks for your post!

  6. We always have a themed Easter basket, for example, this year we will do a gardening theme for our daughter, she will get some Hello Kitty gloves, seeds, a shovel, and we will put it in a watering can. We ALWAYS have a meaningful book in the basket. This is one of the few that we do not own!

  7. Painting Easter Eggs and eating candy!

  8. My favorite Easter tradition is gathering with the family at a local town hall every year and feasting on lots of food. Thanks.

  9. Entry for Julie


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