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'The Sparkle Egg'
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The Sparkle Egg by author Jill Hardie releases from Ideals Children's Books just in time for Easter, providing a tool for parents and children to discuss and understand the true meaning of the holiday. God's gift of forgiveness and renewal can be a tough concept for kids to fully grasp, and The Sparkle Egg helps them do just that. It is written for children around the ages of 4 to 8 years old.

In the story, young Sam is excited about the upcoming Easter holiday. But this year, he is upset about a lie he told his parents. Even though he apologized and they forgave him, he can't shake the feeling that he's a "bad kid" for lying. His parents suggest that he create an Easter craft--a Sparkle Egg. His mom tells him to write anything he is ashamed of on a piece of paper and put it inside the egg.

On Easter morning, Sam opens the egg to find that it is empty! His parents explain that because Jesus died and rose again, we are forgiven. Like the tomb that first Easter Day, Sam's egg is empty--and Sam's wrongdoing completely forgiven. Once he accepts this fully, Sam realizes that we can sparkle and shine with God's light when we allow His gift of grace and forgiveness into our hearts

The Sparkle Egg is available at retail and online stores, will strike a deep chord with readers of all ages. Families can begin a special new tradition of creating their own Sparkle Eggs.  

Author Jill Hardie has also published The Sparkle Box, sharing her family's beautiful tradition of giving a gift to Jesus on Christmas morning. Christine Kornacki provides the beautiful illustrations for both The Sparkle Box and The Sparkle Egg.