Children have a natural inclination towards the care and well-being of animals, or so I have seen with my (4) children and their friends while they were growing up. It's nice, and it also allows for so many life lessons to be learned. In The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, we see a young girl enamored by a red robin who has eggs down in the midst of what could be dangerous cirumstances. She is of course, very concerned.
The girl can see the robin through the window, and through the help of her gran, she learns to leave nature alone and watch the beauty of it as it takes place.
Being still is not always easy but gran is smart and knows the true value of being patient. She passes that along to her granddaughter throughout the tale of this story, along with some other very important lessons such as the true meaning of Easter, how Christ died for our sins and rose again so that we could be with our Lord and Savior. It's written in a way that is simple for children to understand and helps drive home important beliefs for Christian families to share with their little ones.
Gran also uses the experience of the Robin and her eggs to help teach her granddaughter about a tradition of blowing eggs and creating things as she did in her culture when she was a child. That gran's a smart one, I tell ya, to use one experience to help teach and reiterate so many things to her sweet little one. ;)
In the end, when all turns out well with the Robin...
there is a lot of rejoicing in the house/family. :)
This book is well written with an engaging storyline and beautiful pictures. I think it would make a wonderful Easter gift.
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.Age Range: 4-8 yearsHardcover; 32 pagesPublish Date: January 26, 2016
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