Thursday, November 12, 2020

Book Review: The Legend of the Sand Dollar

About the Book

The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter
by Chris Auer, Richard Cowdrey

Description from Goodreads:

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marley illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31847557-the-legend-of-the-sand-dollar


The Legend of the Sand Dollar is a cute picture book to teach children about Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. Eight-year-old Kerry and her cousin Jack learn about the legend of the sand dollar as they spend Easter weekend together. According to the legend, each part of a sand dollar tells a part of Jesus’ story, from the shape of the flower on the top to the holes in the middle to the doves on the inside.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar was illustrated by Richard Cowdrey and written by Chris Auer, the third in a collection of children’s picture books about the symbolism behind traditional holiday objects (the candy can and Easter egg). This book is based off of an old poem from residents of the North American oceanic coastlines. The last page of the book contains the poem as well as educational information about sand dollars, so that young readers can learn about the animals’ biology as well as their Christian symbolism.

The book is intended for children ages four and older. The main character is eight years old, and readers around her age may be able to work on their reading skills with the simplified language in The Legend of the Sand Dollar. Readers of all ages can appreciate the symbolism of the story and, perhaps, share it with others as Kerry did with her sister. I know I will remember it every time I see a sand dollar from now on.

The illustrations are lovely. I adore the beautiful beach scenes and blends of blue in the sky and the ocean. The shells and the characters are intricately painted and so pretty. Richard Cowdrey is a talented artist.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar is a lovely children’s book with a great message. I recommend it to Christian families and churches as a memorable way to teach children about the Easter story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Z Blog Squad from Zonderkidz. All opinions are expressly my own.

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