The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith, Dandi Daley Mackall, Zonderkidz, 2016.
This book, ideal for four to eight year olds, is a creative way to share an old Pennsylvania Dutch tale – the Legend of the Easter Robin. Young Tressa looks out her Gran’s window at a robin’s nest in anticipation for Easter.
The point of the legend is to explain how the robin got its red chest. The point is connected to the Easter story. Hidden in the midst of this story is another point. The point that Easter brings new life. Tressa is awfully concerned about the robin eggs in the nest. There raccoons and blue jays near by. There is a frost one evening. All things worth worrying about. But Gran reminds Tressa that “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator.”
It is Easter day when the eggs hatch and Tressa greets the new born birds. Despite the worries of life, new life abounds.
Richard Cowdrey’s illustrations are beautiful. The bulk of the pages are filled with his colorful, detailed work, making it more enjoyed for young readers. The very last page offers more information about the legend of the Easter robin.
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