February 25, 2016

An Easter Story Like No Other: The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackal

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Easter is next month, and in our home we're already seeing an influx of amazing books to celebrate the holiday. One recent book that we've had the wonderful privilege of reading is The Legend of the Easter Robin. Although the story by author, Dandi Daley Mackal is not necessarily new–she published The Story of the Easter Robin in 2010–The Legend of the Easter Robin is a brand new version of the tale, offering a complete visual redo for children.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book 2015 and multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children’s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.

The Legend of the Easter Robin would have to be one of the most unique Easter stories that I've actually come across. In fact it's based upon an old Pennsylvania Dutch legend, which my son and I were only introduced to after reading this story.


A little girl, Tressa, takes a liking to a pair of robins as they build their nest and tend to their eggs outside of her grandmother's home. With natural predators lurking and temperature fluctuations, Tressa grows deeply concerned for the well being of the robins and their eggs. Tressa's grandmother tries to ease her worries by inviting her to partake in a special Pennsylvania Dutch Easter activity, as she tells her the story of how the robin got its red breast.

I do not want to give too much away, because the highlight of the story is pretty exceptional and totally worth the read! I can tell you that it does incorporate Jesus Christ, so children will not loose sight of the true meaning of the season. The illustrations by Richard Cowdrey, are stunning with a lot of colors and detail, so not only does The Legend of the Easter Robin offer a beautiful Easter story in the literary sense, but an amazing visual one, too.



When reading this book children will understand how we sometimes have to leave our worries and cares in God's hands. It will teach little ones how the Lord has a will for everything and everyone, and that he does look out for all of His creatures in the most remarkable way. The Legend of the Easter Robin would make a wonderful children's gift for the Easter holiday. It not only encompasses a springtime theme, but also offers a valuable learning experience on faith and the reason for the season.
 

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