Title: The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Author: Chris Auer
Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
“See the doves? This is the new life – the promise of Easter. As Jesus lives again, so can we,” Jack explains to Kerry in Chris Auer’s children’s book, The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter.
~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a front cover that has shiny embossed purple wording targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about the meaning of Easter by viewing a sand dollar. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.
This story is about a young girl who goes to the beach. Her cousin, Jack, takes her beagle and her by boat to an island where they collect sea shells. When she finds a sand dollar, Jack not only tells her facts about the round-shaped shell, but how they tell the Easter story of Jesus birth with one side having a design of a Christmas flower and the other an Easter lily. The holes reflect Christ’s nail holes and a spear, and when the shell is broken, five white shapes flutter out with His promise. Kerry keeps the sand dollar and retells the story to her sister. The end has information regarding sand dollars and a poem.
This is a charming tale that accentuates the markings on something as simple as a sand dollar and how it relates to Jesus. I love the fanciful, detailed illustrations that cover the pages, with most including an adorable puppy that children will enjoy. While not completely explaining the plan of eternal salvation, the book offers an open dialogue with young ones about the topic.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand this book and its references to the true meaning of Easter. Some may wonder why the young boy was allowed to take the girl and dog out to sea on a boat, especially without them wearing life jackets.
~ Who ~
Living in Georgia, Auer is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and author who teaches screenwriting and producing. Cowdrey has illustrated several books.
~ Wish ~
Although this is an innocuous story about a sand dollar, it does not mention that Jesus had to shed His blood on the cross for our sins. I wish Bible verses were referenced and all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beautifully illustrated children’s book about sand dollars, this is a lovely choice that will have your children searching the beach for this shell and noticing its details that may remind them of Jesus.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.