The Hassles of Sandcastles


Children - Animals
24 Pages
Reviewed on 04/30/2017
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Hassles of Sandcastles by Michele Lynn Siegfried is an adorable storybook for children with some good messages. The story begins with Myron marching through the woods, armed with his shovel and pail, determined to make his dreams come true. His friend, Bianca, asks him where he is going and he tells her that he is going to build his sandcastle. He finds his sand in the woods and Bianca offers her guidance. She tells him he needs water to make the castle and, though it is a hassle, Myron goes to the creek to get water. He faces a lot of obstacles while trying to build his sandcastle, but Myron keeps rebuilding it. Will he succeed in building his sandcastle and make his dreams come true?

The story conveys the wonderful messages of determination, patience, and perseverance. The illustrations are lively and charming and they breathe life into the characters and scenes. Myron’s character has been portrayed well and it is real, relatable, and tangible. Bianca’s support in building the sandcastle is palpable through the story. It is always good to introduce children to storybooks that have good concepts, morals, and messages for them as they are able to understand these better when told with the help of stories and illustrations. Myron’s determination and energy to make his dream come true is uplifting and motivating to children. Parents can use the book for bedtime story-telling and encourage their children to make their dreams happen. It can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.