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Book Review and Giveaway: The Sandcastle Kids: A Mayan Adventure. Ends Oct 14th

The Sandcastle Kids: A Mayan Adventure written by Sonya Kimble-Ellis and illustrated by Matthew Hebert.

The Sandcastle Kids: A Mayan Adventure tells the exciting journey of Rosa, Kamal Richard and Daisy. In this, the first book of the series, the Kids are whisked away to Central Peten. The year is 420 A.D.

My Review: Four friends Rosa, Kamal Richard and Daisy decided to go to the beach to make sandcastles and came across a hung sand dune. As they poured water onto the dune, the sand began to swirl and spun round the kids like a tornado taking them to another time and place in history. When they were brought down to earth they found out that they were no longer at the beach but in Central Peten and the year is 420 A.D.

They met Chamula, a friendly villager who took the four friends to his village and teaches them about life in Mayan village. They joined the villagers to help build their bridge. The author did a great job taking us on a journey to Central Peten learning about the Mayan culture in a unique and exciting way and learning about the hieroglyphic writing, their system of trading, the Mayan food and their kind of unique animals.

The message in this book is about teaching the children about history, other cultures and helping others. The last page of the book contains discussion questions.  Recommend for classroom teaching. Want to find out how the kids got back to the beach? Click to purchase your copy. 

Ages: 6 and up

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.




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September 27, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. This book sounds like something my 7 year old son would be delighted to read. He is very much into history, animals,etc so I am sure he would be very interested in the theme of Mayan culture. He also LOVES reading! It would be a delight to read this book with him during his 20 minutes of reading he is required to do for school each night!

    Comment by Ashley Siegle | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. My oldest loves all history books regardless of age. I think this sounds super interesting.

    Comment by Larissa brunken | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. What a wonderful way to teach our kids about History. My 7 year old and 6 year old grandkids would definitely love this because as young as they are they love History and anything about animals. Thanks fro this opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  4. We’re traveling to visit some Mayan ruins this winter. This would be a great way to introduce them to my son pre-trip.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. I am loving that it teaches about mayan culture.

    Comment by Asha Marie Pena | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  6. My oldest daughter is doing a unit study on the Mayans this spring. We are very excited about it. I think this book would be great to add to our study, for both her and even our kindergartener. We homeschool and so like so many others are interesting in resources that are not common. Children learn best through play, this book sounds very playful! kontessa_rose @

    Comment by Kimberly Cleven | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  7. This book sounds great! My oldest loves to read to her little brothers…they have amazing imaginations & I think they’d totally get lost in this book! 🙂

    Comment by Samantha Hill | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  8. I think it would be very interesting to learn about Mayan culture, especially their food and animals.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | October 14, 2011 | Reply

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