The Legend of the Sand Dollar
An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter
Illustrated by Rick Johnson
Zonderkidz, Zondervan, 2005
From the dust jacket, “Eight-year-old Kerry loves the ocean. But on this visit to the beach, she discovers a little-known treasure and learns of the story of Easter revealed in the sand dollar.
“Now you and your child can discover the story behind this small ocean treasure as stunning illustrations form the backdrop for this familiar seaside legend. Seen through the eyes of children, The Legend of the Sand Dollar shares the timeless hope of resurrection and new life—the promise of Easter.”
The illustrations in this book are breathtaking! So beautiful and expressive. I especially love the one of the children in the boat riding against the waves. The sky and the water are just gorgeous!
The subject matter is that of the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus as it is told in the sand dollar legend. I tend to be too critical when it comes to religious books for kittens – I don’t like books that ‘preach’. On the whole I think most kittens are smart and more aware than we give them credit for and it isn’t necessary to beat them over the head with important subject matters. And if faith and religion are significant to you then it is critical to choose the right book for them.
There’s nothing wrong with this book – the author wrote it for his own children – but it was a bit something for me. I was going to say ‘preachy’ but when I went back over it, there’s only a couple of pages where Jesus’ life/sacrifice are talked about and it doesn’t seem too preachy. I don’t know what it is but something about this book bothers me – it’s probably my own baggage that’s interfering with an objective review. So, don’t listen to me – if you like faith-based books for kittens, please read it and judge it for yourself! It might be what just what you’re looking for.
Rating 3 of 5 paws because while it is a beautiful book, it just doesn’t do ‘it’ for me (whatever ‘it’ is!).