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The Legend of the Easter Robin

An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith

Regular Price: $16.99

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Format: Hardcover

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This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, renews the wonder and charm of the timeless tale that explores the symbol of the robin and its connection to Easter.

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.

Contributor(s) Dandi Daley Mackall , Richard Cowdrey
About the Contributor(s) Dandi Daley Mackall

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.


Richard Cowdrey

Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.


UPC 025986749644
ISBN-10 0310749646
ISBN-13 9780310749646
Publish Date Jan 26, 2016
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 9.38
Width 11.25
Length 30
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Cindy
Overall Rating
Wow, what a great story! I had never heard the legend of the Robin, so it was very interesting to learn. God cares for all creatures, even the birds of the air. I enjoyed this book that showcased that very care God has for the birds of the air. Throw in a legend and it makes it more enjoyable. Great story, beautiful artwork. This book would make a wonderful Easter gift for a child. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. (Posted on 3/22/2016)
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The Legend of the Easter Robin is another book in a long line of "The Legend of..." books by Zondervan/Zonderkidz. The Legend of the Easter Robin is written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Dandi Daley Mackall has authored over 450 books and Richard Cowdrey has illustrated a large number of books, the Marley series being the most popular.

The Legend of the Easter Robin is a hardcover book with a dust jacket, and is written with the 4-8 age group in mind.

Like other "The Legend of..." books that I have read, The Legend of the Easter Robin is a story within a story. This story follows a girl (Tressa) as he learns about the legend of the origin of the robin's red breast (an old Pennsylvania Dutch tale) from her Gran. Through the story of the Easter robin, Tressa learns about the importance of trusting in God's care and of thankfulness for Jesus' sacrifice. The illustrations in The Legend of the Easter Robin are big, colorful, and beautiful to look at.

Although this is definitely a legend (and not a true story), I love that The Legend of the Easter Robin has such a focus on trust in God and remembering that Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection are the point of Easter. I also enjoyed learning about the tradition of oschter-foggel (Easter birds created from dyed eggs) which I don't recall hearing about before.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 3/17/2016)
Review by Dianna
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An adorable picture book perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday. The story was really cute. I had never heard about the Easter Robin tradition before. Everyday you learn something new. The art is well done. Your children will enjoy them. (Posted on 3/16/2016)
Review by Fitzysmom
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I love this time of year! Spring is in the air and new life is all around. One of the first signs in this area is the appearance of robins. It's fun to watch them begin to build their nests and prepare for their new little ones.

Dandi Daley Mackall captures that beautiful event in her book The Legend of the Easter Robin. The story revolves around a little girl, Tressa, and her grandmother. The grandmother shares with Tressa some very interesting traditions and a legend handed down from the Pennsylvania Dutch.

The two of them watch from the window as the momma bird builds her nest and eventually lays four eggs in the nest. Tressa is worried about how to protect them but grandma reminds her that the Creator will protect them.

Some of the interesting activities that the two do together are blowing and coloring eggs. They then turn them into birds by adding some paper decorations and then hang them from the tree out front. Cute ideas to incorporate into your Easter celebrations. The legend itself has no basis in Scripture but it is a lovely way to begin a conversation about the crucifixion of Christ.

I plan on tucking this book into one of my grands Easter baskets. The story is well written with lots of great ideas and conversation starters. The illustrations are beautiful and make the story come alive. If you've got a little one that you will be celebrating Easter with this year you should add this book to their basket.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 3/10/2016)
Review by PennyMindingMom
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Easter is an exciting time of year for children…thoughts of the Easter Bunny are never far from their minds. One thing my children can’t understand, is why a Bunny delivers eggs. It was always a mystery to me as well. Why do we associate eggs with Easter?

“The Legend of the Easter Robin” is the story a little girl named Tressa who discovers that two robins have built a nest on her Grandmothers window ledge. While Tressa and her Grandmother take time to decorate some eggs for Easter, Tress is distracted by her concern for the little nest. Being a woman of faith, Gran shares with Tressa the legend of how the Robin got it’s red breast.

“The Legend of the Easter Robin” is a beautiful new illustrated version of the classic story by Dandi Daley Mackall. The illustrations are very spring-like, full of spring greens, pinks and blues. The expressions on each characters fit the story perfectly. As the story starts there is a picture of with Gran, Tress, the pup and the robins. You can immediately see Tressa’s concern for the robins on her face, while Gran and the robin has a look of peace about them. They know that God is in control and will protect the birds.

Gran starts to tell the legend of the Easter Robin the images lose their happy spring-like feel and move to more somber tones. I always struggle with sharing the Easter story with my children. I want them to know the true story, yet I feel compelled to hide the cruel imagery that accompanies many of the stories. The illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, has done a beautiful job depicting the suffering Jesus endured for our sakes. These images tug at your heart. If you have a sensitive child you may want to browse through the book first, to see if it is suitable for your child.

“The Legend of the Easter Robin” has changed the way I look at the humble little Robin. Each year I anxiously wait to see the first robin of spring. Now whenever I see the little bird I will always be reminded of Christ’s sacrifice and how much he truly cares for us. The robin’s song will help me to remember that after Christ died, he rose again on that first Easter!

Easter baskets and Eggs have now taken on a whole new meaning. I can now share with my kids why the bunny drops off Eggs to them each Easter. The nest (basket) reminds us of the crown of thorns places on Christ’s head and the Easter eggs remind us of our new life in Christ.

“The Legend of the Easter Robin” carries a strong message of faith that could be enjoyed by everyone. It is a reminder to each of us that we need to put our faith in God and that he will continue to take care of us. No matter what trouble comes our way, he is in control. It is a wonderful story of compassion and faith to be shared with generations to come.

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Legend of the Easter Robin” from Booklook Bloggers. All opinions are 100% my own.
(Posted on 3/9/2016)
Review by Maria
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The Legend of the Easter Robin is a beautiful book about God's love for us sacrifice and having faith.

Tressa is at her grandmother's and notices a two robin's building a nest.

One day she notices eggs in the nest and with Easter still 2 weeks away there could be snow and frost that could hurt the eggs. Grandmother explains that it is not up to us but in the hands of the Creator.

To get ready for Easter, Grandmother shows Tressa how to blow out eggs and color the shells. While creating these decorative eggs, Grandma tells Tressa an old Pennsylvania Dutch Legend of the Easter Robin.

The story goes that when Jesus was being led to the cross a robin thought his crown of thorns was a nest. Upon closer inspection the bird realized that the crown was a cruel nest that was hurting "The Master". The Robin knew him as someone who was kind to all living things and tried to help. While he couldn't knock the crown off he did manage to pull a thorn out of Jesus' forehead. The blood from the thorn fell on the Robin's breast which gave Robin the red breast which we see today.

In the end Tressa and her Grandmother get to stare at the beauty that is God's creation.

The 411:

I love the adorable story but it was the artwork that made this book all that more powerful for me. The writer and Illustrator worked wonderfully together to create a magical book that not only talks about nature, spending time with family, and life but mentions Jesus in a way that adds to the story instead of being preachy or too religious for some.

It is truly an adorable book with Tressa, her sweet Granny and her adorable dog. I can't wait to show it to my nieces. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
Review by Praises of a Wife and Mommy
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I woke up this morning and heard the birds chirping! Spring is coming! Tomorrow we are expecting the temperatures to soar into the 60's...this is awesome for Iowa. It seems fitting that with the warm temps I share this book which will be the perfect book to add to your library for Easter time!

I was not familiar with the legend of the Easter Robin. This story originated from the Pennsylvania Dutch, we can also thank them for bringing the egg coloring to the United States.

Overall this story will use a robin to help share the story of the cross and resurrection. I don't want to share the super sweet parts of the story and ruin it so I would rather you trust me and order the book and be delighted in it as much as I was.

When you finish reading the book you will never look at a robin the same again. The next time you see one you will be thinking not just are robins a sign of spring but of Christ's love for us, his death, and his Resurrection because a birds nest will remind us of the thorn of crowns, the robins red breast will remind us of the suffering Jesus endured as he loved us and the eggs that a robin lays will remind us of new life we have in Christ.
(Posted on 2/18/2016)
Review by The IE Mommy
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The first time I heard about this legend was reading The Legend of the Easter Robin. It is such a beautiful story I can't believe I never heard it before! What a truly unique Easter story this is and that's hard to accomplish anymore!

My kids know the true meaning of Easter and the story behind it but this is a really original perspective and way to look at things. I love how it ties into the fun of decorating Easter eggs so that they can see it's ok to have fun traditions, as long as they remember the real reason for celebration.

Christ's blood was shed for us and that's something that's really hard for kids to wrap their brains around. The red on the robin's chest is a beautiful symbolism for this and one takes away a little bit of the fear kids have when they hear about blood. It makes it the beautiful thing that it is instead of something to be feared.

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Each one is like a little masterpiece with so much detail and attention to detail. I really felt a part of the story. The robin especially is so expressive you can see and feel its emotions.

The end of the book has a page on explaining the origin of The Legend of the Easter Robin which is really helpful in gaining a deeper understanding, even for me! What a beautiful gift to give and receive this Easter to recognize and remember the greatest gift ever given! (Posted on 2/7/2016)
Review by Penny
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“The Legend of the Easter Robin – An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith” was sent to me by Zonderkidz – a division of Zondervan Publishing – free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion and review of it.
“The Legend of the Easter Robin” is a children’s picture book written by Dandi Daley Mackall and beautifully illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Recently I have reviewed several of Mackall and Cowdrey’s and I love them! I ABSOLUTELY love Richard Cowdrey’s precious pictures!! I also enjoy how Dandi Daley Mackall tells stories to explain our well-loved traditions.
The robin reminds of spring and of God’s death and resurrection. The nest of the Crown of Thorns on Jesus’ head. Easter eggs remind us of new life in Christ…And, my favorite, the robin’s red breast reminds us of Jesus’ blood, that He shed on the cruel cross. Read this book to find out the reasoning behind these remembrances.
(Posted on 2/4/2016)

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