The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer Review
The Legend of the Sand Dollar, Newly Illustrated Edition: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer, Richard Cowdrey
Published by Zonderkidz on February 7th 2017
Genres: Children
Pages: 32
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My Rating: three-half-stars
About this Book

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.


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Do you know the legend of the sand dollar? I didn’t before reading this book and I can’t say I fully do afterwords.

Now don’t get me wrong, this book tells the legend of the sand dollar, but it isn’t very clear when compared to the illustrations.

For example, the book talks about the flower on the sand dollar, but it isn’t clear in the picture what part it is referring to. I wish the illustrations helped clearly show what the story was referring to.

While I think many children will enjoy the overall story, as an adult, I’m not confident I could show them a sand dollar and point out the different features the book mentioned based off the story. It would take some work on my part to be able to feel confident in doing this.

The legend of the sand dollar was woven into a larger story. While the part about the sand dollar tied into Easter as the subtitle implies, the overarching story is about two sisters who go to their aunts house.

The one sister is sad their parents aren’t going with them. When they get to the aunts house, the one sister goes with her cousin in his new boat. On the shore there are sand dollars and he tells her about the legend.

While I think children will enjoy the story, I didn’t particularly care for it. Much of it didn’t make sense to me and it didn’t seem to flow and connect as well as I felt it should.

Overall, this was a book with good intention and nice aspects, but fell short of meeting my expectations and high hopes for it.