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The Story of the Easter Robin Hardcover – February 14, 2010
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Two stories fold into one as this contemporary tale reaches back to the first Easter. Tressa is worried about the robin’s eggs outside her window. And even though Gran tells her to trust the one who watches robins and sparrows, Tressa knows everything from weather to raccoons could mean trouble. To get her mind off the eggs outside, Gran brings Tressa inside to make Easter eggs the Pennsylvania Dutch way: blowing out the insides, dyeing them, and fashioning paper into wings, heads, and tails for the egg bodies. It is while they are working that Gran tells Tressa a story. At the time of the Crucifixion, it was the small brown robin that pulled a thorn from Jesus’ crown to spare him pain; the blood from the wound gave the bird its red breast. The next day, the baby robins have hatched, and Tressa knows whom to thank for their safety. Drawing from Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, this warm story incorporates intergenerational affection, religious faith, and the appeal of legends. Sturdy artwork brings all the elements together. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper
Drawing from Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, this warm story incorporates intergenerational affection, religious faith, and the appeal of legends. Sturdy artwork brings all the elements together. (Ilene Cooper, Booklist)
“A textured alternative to fluffier Easter fare.” (Publisher’s Weekly, February 2010)
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I have younger children and this book seemed on the edge of what I was comfortable with. I am all for the Easter story being told in it's full (gory) detail, but it also needs to be appropriate to the age of the reader. This seems targeted at children, and was so beautiful it caught me off-guard when (paraphrasing here) blood dripped from Jesus onto the Robin and stained his feathers (and that's why the Robin has a red chest).
I understand the stories that are generational and how they are more about tradition than accuracy, but it seems like including the details about the bird, somehow cheapens the story a bit. I felt like when my children asked if it really happened I had to clarify, and explain yes to the crucifixion, but no to the bird.
It is a good story, and I will continue to read it to my kids year to year, but I don't anticipate it becoming a family favorite that we can't wait to get out.
This is a fable of a robin removing the thorn "dug into His head". "A drop of Jesus' blood fell onto the robin's breast, staining it red from that day to this." As a Christian, mixing facts with fictional fable is not my choice in teaching about the historical life and sacrifice of Jesus. Many may love this book. I respect those positive reviews. I would have selected something else if given a more complete synopsis.
The bird parents faithfully protecting those eggs to where the baby birds were hatched also depicted new life!
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Very insightful and thought provoking.