The Legend of the Sand Dollar

Title: The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Author:  Chris Auer
Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Genre/Format: Picture Book
Ages: 4-8


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.

About the Author: Chris Auer
Chris Auer, an Emmy nominated screenwriter, is the author of Molly & the Good Shepherd, The Littlest Magi, the 2:52 Mysteries of Eckert House series, and he adapted The Legend of the Candy Cane for video. He teaches screenwriting and producing at Savannah College of Art and Design. Chris is passionate about storytelling and hopes to reflect the reality of God in the lives of children through story. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

About the Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard’s bestselling children’s books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.

My Thoughts:
I have always loved finding sand dollars while walking along the beach, but it seems that they are getting harder and harder to find on the beaches near us. When given the opportunity to review this beautifully illustrated book, I just couldn’t pass it up.  I have told my boys the story of the sand dollar in the past, but this book made the story come to life.  

If you aren’t already familiar with the story of the sand dollar, or you are looking for a way to share the legend with your children, this book is a must. It very clearly and beautifully tells the story of Easter, all while also informing the children of Jesus’ work on the cross. Both of my boys really enjoy this book, definitely a favorite Easter book in our home.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar can be found at your local book retailer or online at stores like Zondervan.



Samantha has been blogging for over 8 years and is a wife and homeschool mom of 4 from North Carolina.

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