Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Legend of the Easter Robin ~ Dandi Daley Mackall (Author), Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310749646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310749646

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Easter Robin tells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This Easter tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.

My take on this book:

Easter is such a special time of year, and The Legend of the Easter Robin focuses on the true meaning of Easter. When Tressa notices notices a Robin building a nest on her grandmother's window ledge right before Easter she worries about the eggs and whether they will be safe in the cold.  Tressa's grandmother shares the legend of how the robin got it's red breast. The story reminds the reader of the great love Jesus has for us all and how he takes care of all his creatures.

This book is wonderfully written, filled with vibrant illustrations that are paired perfectly with the story, which really allowing the words to jump from the pages right into the reader's heart. I must admit I somehow never heard the story about how the robin got its red breast and enjoyed learning this legend myself. I think this book will certainly appeal to readers whether young or old. I think it's great that the author includes family time where Tressa dyes eggs with her grandmother while also providing a powerful message of God's love. This book would make a wonderful gift, and would be appropriate for using in a class setting such a Sunday school, or a homeschool setting. Truly a gem that could easily become a reading tradition at Easter. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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