“The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith” by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey.
Gran and Tressa notice one day that some robins are building a nest outside their window. Tressa fears they are laying eggs too soon and is worried about other animals getting the eggs and the frost hurting them too. Gran tells her to trust the Creator. Close to Easter they blow out eggs and dye them to make birds. While making the eggs Gran tells of the Pennsylvania Dutch legend of how the robin’s breast turned red. She talks about a robin in Jesus’ time thinking Jesus had a nest on His head but found out it was a crown of thorns. The robin tries to remove a thorn and Jesus’ blood drips onto the breast of the bird.
This is a very cute story with a great lesson to teach. The use of the Pennsylvania Dutch story and the other story with Gran and Tressa, really helps build a story my kids will understand. I also LOVE the illustrations. The animals in the story look so real, if this wasn’t a book I’d love to frame of of the artwork.
I think this book would make a great gift for Easter. I can see us reading this book around Easter every year and it become a tradition in our family.
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