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The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter Paperback – January 22, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Reprint edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310723027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310723028
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A story of the hope of resurrection and new life symbolized in the sand dollar—for ages 4-8

Margaret, age fifteen, and Kerry, age eight, are sisters from the urban North and are sent to visit their Aunt Jane, who lives in a tidewater area on the rural southern coast. Kerry doesn’t know why she has been sent away, only that her mother and father are fighting.

Kerry finds reassurance, however, in a new friend—a cheerful boy named Jack who plies the waterways of the marshy tidewater in his little dinghy as he searches for crabs. Jack is only twelve, but seems wise beyond his years because he is in tune with the ebb and flow of nature and the wisdom of the seasons. He knows life is designed to be full of change.

Jack uses Kerry’s discovery of a sand dollar—and the coming Easter season—to help her see that the pain and uncertainty she feels now is but a "season." The story of Jesus’ suffering and resurrection as reflected in the sand dollar serves as a parallel to her pain. Kerry learns that with God’s help she can have hope for a better future. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Chris Auer of Savannah, GA, is a seasoned screenwriter and adapted The Legend of the Candy Cane for video. He has numerous scriptwriting credits, including More True Stories from Touched by an Angel with CBS. He was the creator-executive producer for the half-hour series Big Brother Jake from 1990 to 1994 and also worked for NBC's The Cosby Show.

Rick Johnson lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with his wife, Gail, and their two children.

More About the Author

Chris Auer of Savannah, GA, is a seasoned screenwriter and adapted The Legend of the Candy Cane for video. He has numerous scriptwriting credits, including More True Stories from Touched by an Angel with CBS. He was the creator-executive producer for the half-hour series Big Brother Jake from 1990 to 1994 and also worked for NBC's The Cosby Show.

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I love the story of the sand dollar and its application.
Linda J. Ansel
She really liked the book, but needed some help in understanding all the points of the book.
Wesley
I used it with a class of first graders and they loved it.
Charlotte A. Showalter

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Illustrated with a superb elegance of grace and form by Rick Johnson, The Legend Of The Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story Of Hope For Easter by Chris Auer is the story of an eight-year-old girl who learns the story of Easter in the sand dollar. The five holes in the sand dollar shell (only dead sand dollars wash up on beaches, and live sand dollars shouldn't be collected, the author notes in the very back of the book) symbolize the nails and the spear that pierced Jesus Christ, who died for humanity's sins. And when the sand dollar is broken, there appear five white particles representing doves and their promise of new life - the promise of Easter. A tender and heartwarming story of renewal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte A. Showalter on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for children because it gives a beautiful story of the sand dollar that is tied to the religious story of Jesus. I used it with a class of first graders and they loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BARBARA W. VANAUSDALL on September 13, 2010
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I bought this book to use for a Women's Retreat based on Anne Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea - all the mom's and grandmom's on the committee plan to buy one for their own children, as I imagine others on the retreat will do as well. It is a beautiful presentation of the Easter story using one of God's gifts from the sea!
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By PAN1883 on July 10, 2014
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Beautiful story!
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By Mary in Molino on June 8, 2014
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Live in south will try and purchase larger sand dollars to go along with the gift book for Easter next year
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By ksbouver on June 5, 2014
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I used this well written children's book for Easter sunday service at our church. I brought the kids up to the front of the church and sat with them reading this book out loud. I gave them each a real Sand Dollar the hold while I read. At the end of the book I used my own Sand Dollar to confirm the points of the story - the kids were facinated. Then I gave the children little sandpails filled with sand dollars which they handed out to every one in the congregation. Thanks so much to author Chris Auer.
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By vickysue on May 31, 2014
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My grand kids loved the book. I also give the book to friends along with a sand dollar when they are having problems
And need the uplifting message to give them hope and encouragement. It's a message not just for Easter it can be shared anytime.
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By steven lind on April 11, 2014
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It tells the legend of the sand dollar very well but the illustrations are dull and it didnt really keep my 2 or 4 year olds attention very well
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