The Easter holiday has cute colors, candy and cuddly creatures. Bunnies, egg hunts and chocolate. It’s all great fun (and tasty), but the real celebration of the day is Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead. He died for us and lived again through the power of God.
The Legend of the Easter Robin offers a beautiful story that follows a young girl and her grandmother (Gran). Over the course of a couple weeks they observe a red-breasted robin build her nest, lay eggs and care for them. On Easter morning, the eggs hatch and the babies are born!
While teaching her granddaughter a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Easter activity (oschter-foggel, Easter birds), Gran also tells her the legend behind the robin’s red breast. The legend brings the reader back two thousand years to Jesus’s crucifixion. The artwork doesn’t hold a lot back and actually surprised me the first time I read it. But I was pleased it didn’t gloss over His death as many children’s books do. The point of the legend is “a celebration of the robin’s compassion and of Christ’s sacrifice.”
The combination of Dandi Daley Mackall‘s words and Richard Cowdrey‘s art makes this an exceptionally wonderful book. Additionally, the last page includes some interesting facts around the old legend tale and the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions. It reminds the reader that we can use traditions and symbols to strengthen our faith and help us remember Christ’s suffering and love for us.
My family and I really enjoyed The Legend of the Christmas Cookie, too. These are quality books!
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