When most children think of Easter they think of the Easter Bunny, coloring eggs and getting baskets filled with candy. But there’s more to Easter than a chocolate bunny. The Legend of the Easter Robin helps reminds us and teaches our children that there is more to Easter. Tressa is the main character of The Legend of the Easter Robin. When we first meet Tressa it’s spring time and Easter is approaching. One day Tressa notices a Robin making a nest right outside the window. It’s a little early for a nest. Over the next few weeks Tressa frets over those little Robin’s eggs. She afraid a racoon will get them or they’ll freeze to death. But Gran reminds Tressa it’s in God’s hands. To help distract Tressa Gran encourages her to make Easter birds out of eggs shells. It does help. Tressa and Gran create a whole slew of birds. The next day they head outside to hand the birds in the trees and when Tressa comes across pieces of broken blue Robin’s eggs. She calls out to Gran, Tressa fears something has happened to the babies. And it has. Gran calls Tressa in where they find 4 hungry little babies sitting in the nest while the daddy Robin feeds them. While Gran and Tressa are watching the babies Gran tells Tressa the story of how Robin’s got thier red chest. This is where the story of Jesus comes in.
We find out that when Jesus was being forced to walk through town with a cross strapped to his back wearing a crown of thorns a Robin came across him. While the people were cheering His downfall the Robin recognized Jesus as his creator and looked for ways to help Him. The robin tried to knock the crown of thorns off His head but it was stuck. Next he tried to remove a thorn that burrowed deep into Jesus’s head. The robin was successful! When he pulled the thorn of out Jesus’s forehead a drop of Jesus’s blood dropped on the robin’s chest turning it red. From that day forward a robin’s chest has always been red to remind us His sacrifice. The robin’s song is the first song we hear in spring helping to remind us Jesus died in the spring and rose on Easter morning.
The Legend of the Easter Robin would make a wonderful gift. I plan on sticking our copy in my daughter’s Easter basket. It would also be a great gift to give at Easter time. You can pick up your own copy of The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall online.
The Legend of the Easter Robin
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