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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848860749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848860742
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.2 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,749,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children's books that deal with loss and grief are few and far between. This year we've seen Jo Empson's utterly sublime "Rabbityness" and here's Sparkle's Song which is extremely touching and very beautifully written and illustrated. But it's Sparkle's story that truly touches the heart. Living in a comfortable home with her loving parents, one day they leave on a trip and never return - leaving Sparkle with her rather stand-offish auntie. So far it sounds a little familiar and I guess you're expecting things to take a turn for the worst. Sparkle's Auntie doesn't like music in any form and won't even let poor Sparkle listen to her radio. But one night soft tinkling tones wake Sparkle from her sleep, and she realises that a soft lullaby is coming from the nearby deep dark wood. Sparkle's journey of musical discovery is just the start of an adventure as she discovers the magical instruments that live nearby, and listens to them play and talk - realising that things aren't quite as bad as they seem, and that the music holds a special link to her parents - and her Auntie too. We've tried very hard not to spoil the book for you. We've barely seen this book mentioned anywhere, and I'm worried that a lot of people have missed out on something that's very special and certainly not quite what we've come to expect from Maverick Books (though their funny and monstrous books are utterly brilliant, of course!). So seek this out, and see if it touches you the way it touched us. Charlotte loved Sparkle but more importantly the book raised lots of questions and not always questions that are easy to answer. Books like this help a great deal though, and our children learn from them and more importantly from how we read books like this to them. Charlotte's best bit: Sparkle's love of music and her magical first journey into the enchanted forest. Daddy's favourite bit: A touching and very subtle way of dealing with childhood grief and loss, utterly beautifully written and illustrated - a real rare gem. --http://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Book-Shelf on 2 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
We love the cover which is simple but has glitter to add the sparkle. The story is beautiful and should connect to some children and make them see how lucky they are. Saying that they might not understand at a young age, but that leaves room for discussions with an adult which encourages talking about things.
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Format: Hardcover
"Sparkle's Song" has adorable, sparkly cover and very original, awesome, textured like old cracked oil paint illustrations by Mariana Ruiz Johnson.

The book tells a story of a little girl who lost her mum and dad in a car accident and was forced to move in with her mother's sister far away from her school, friends and everything she knew... She used to take plenty of pleasure in music but aunt Millicent did not allow any noises in the house so Sparkle had to be going outside and fantasize to comfort herself. In her imagination instruments and a little yellow bird were talking to her, trees were dancing and wind was singing songs . Although the story have sad beginning it ends with happy accent when Sparkle helps her auntie change her heart and since then they both take joy in playing piano and singing together like in old good times when Sparkle's parents were still alive.

I wasn't sure if the book is not too advanced but to my surprise my 6 year old daughter enjoyed it a lot, she said that the book has "imaginative story with talking instruments" and want to give it 5 stars ;)

Highly recommended book for any little girl who likes to read interesting stories.
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Format: Hardcover
Losing a parent would be traumatic for a child of any age. Losing both could be devastating. Author Samantha Hale has written a heart wrenching story of eight year old Sparkle who tragically loses both parents and then is forced to live without the comfort of music when she goes stay with her aunt (her mother's sister). The innocence of being a child shines through the pages of the poignant short story. Sparkle is able to begin healing when she hears the music that naturally occurs around her. She follows the sounds into the nearby forest and finds magical musical instruments that were abandoned by her aunt out of grief for her lost sister. The story has a sweet ending and a simple life lesson that older children (9-11) will be able to easily understand. The illustrations are beautiful and even young children will be entertained at the thought of magical musical instruments.
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By Deb L on 20 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
Not too sure about this one. In true Maverick style though it is a truly wonderful book to hold and to look at. It would be a shame to buy this as an e-book as it is a book that should be held. The cover is lovely with almost embossed glitter in the decorative detail and the pages are almost parchment like.

I read this to two groups of children, the 4-5 year olds lost interest quite quickly in the story but loved the illustrations and the possiblilty of magical instruments they did however seems to engage again in the happy ever after ending. The 9-10 year olds, whom I thought this book would be too young for, enjoyed the story, it's illustrations, and the moral written into the ending. Not sure which age group I would aim this book at, think it depends on the child and it's interest in books and stories.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
Enchanting 10 July 2013
By The DMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was intrigued by Sparkle's journey into the dark woods and fascinated, by the talking instruments hiding there. I have to add that the illustrations are beautifully whimsical and the story is enchanting.

Sparkle's name was given to her by her father, inspired by her beautiful, sparkling blue eyes. Her house was filled with laughter and joy; music and dance. Then, one day, her life changed. Sparkle is sent to live with her Aunt Millicent, whose house is nothing short of depressing: no singing, no laughing, no nothing, just silence. On a very quiet afternoon, Sparkle finds herself summoned into the forest by a whimsical wind carrying the sweet notes of a violin...

I was provided a copy of the book from the publisher for my honest review.
It Brought a Tear to My Eye 30 Mar 2012
By Clea R. Gellar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Grief is never easy, and people deal with it in a variety of ways; some try to find something that brings joy to help them heal, while others shut down and eliminate anything that reminds them of what they're grieving. Sparkle's Song is a touching and bittersweet tale about trying to find comfort during a time of loss and grief.

Sparkle is typical child who is just trying to find some comfort in a difficult time. As a mother, this really touched my heart. Her lack of understanding of her aunt's rules is something that most children can relate to. Aunt Millicent doesn't come off as mean or cruel, so she isn't a scary character for kids. She is just misunderstood, and by the end of the story even a child can sympathize with her and her sorrow. The talking woodland bird and the musical instruments add a spark of magic, which is guaranteed to draw the children into the story.

The story flows smoothly and is easy for even young children to understand without talking down to them. The illustrations are inviting and expressive; they help transport the reader into the emotion of the characters.

Ms. Hale has done a great job giving her readers a relatable and magical story about emotions. It brought a tear to my eye.
Music opened the door for healing 26 Feb 2012
By Terra Prince - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Losing a parent would be traumatic for a child of any age. Losing both could be devastating. Author Samantha Hale has written a heart wrenching story of eight year old Sparkle who tragically loses both parents and then is forced to live without the comfort of music when she goes stay with her aunt (her mother's sister). The innocence of being a child shines through the pages of the poignant short story. Sparkle is able to begin healing when she hears the music that naturally occurs around her. She follows the sounds into the nearby forest and finds magical musical instruments that were abandoned by her aunt out of grief for her lost sister. The story has a sweet ending and a simple life lesson that older children (9-11) will be able to easily understand. The illustrations are beautiful and even young children will be entertained at the thought of magical musical instruments.
finding Joy after loss 7 Feb 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Following the loss of he parents, Sparkle finds herself living with her aunt. Unlike the life she had shared with her family, life with her aunt is one of silence, one without music. Sparkle learns that her aunt sopped listening to music when she lost her sister, Sparkle's mother. With the help of the enchanted instruments of the forest, Sparkle is able to bring music back into her aunt's life again.

The story deals with loss, (death) and being allowed to find joy again. This is a good read for young readers. The images are colourful and interesting; they will certainly please young readers.
Very touching children's book 2 Feb 2012
By APageAway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This story was wonderfully illustrated. It was a very touching story of heart-ache and in a way about finding happiness in a dark time. There were parts that personally were very sad and would seem difficult to explain to a child. It was a great story. I think it would be more for kids older than five. For a children's book I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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