The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey is a darling offering. The tale is tender and illustrates in picture and writing of the compassion and faith often found and focused upon by Christ followers during Easter time. One could just read the story and discuss it or they could also in-cooperate it into their own families traditions to celebrate each and every year.
In this story, we meet a young girl that’s spending time with her Grandmother. They discover a nest of brightly colored blue eggs on a windowsill. This discovery jump starts the Grandmother to share a story about the Easter Robin which is a old Pennsylvania Dutch tale. This story tells of a robin got its red breast and how other Easter traditions pertaining to Christ’s sacrifice were taken from this story.
My children enjoyed this book. The illustrations kept them interested and the story written on a level they could understand. My children are ages 7 and 5. They are both excited to dye eggs and create birds that hang from trees just like the characters in this story have.
At the end of this book, there’s a section that has additional information about the how and why of the story. I am glad it was included. Overall, my family has found it to be a great pick to read to children during the Easter season.
A note to parents of younger children is there are a few illustrations of Christ on the cross that could prove scary to some children. Please use your best judgment before reading this book and be prepared to answer any questions pertaining to that.
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I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz in exchange for an honest review.