Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Legend of the Easter Robin {book review and giveaway}. #EasterRobin #flyby



The sweetest book arrived in the mail at my house this week and the timing was just right.  I can't wait to share it with the children at church Sunday night.  Talk about GOD's PERFECT TIMING.  Last Sunday night in Children's Worship, I reminded the children that the Valentine's holiday was over and we were now making preparations for a new one.  I was excited to hear what they thought about Easter and was looking forward to hearing them discuss all that they already knew about it.  Our Children's Worship hour is a combined group of 3-year-olds through 3rd graders and I just knew they'd have some keen insight into the meaning of Easter and why we celebrate it.  I mean, these are the kids who come every week.  They are in church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night.  They've heard about JESUS' death on the cross, HIS burial in the borrowed tomb, and HIS RESURRECTION.  Or so I thought . . .

Instead of mentioning all of those things, the children discussed Easter eggs, and candy, and chocolate.  They knew about a silly rabbit and colorful baskets.  They knew about dyeing eggs and new clothes.  But JESUS?  <crickets>  It was such a wake-up call for me as I realized somewhere, somehow we are missing the mark.  I know that they've heard all about the REAL reason we have Easter, but it wasn't the first things on their minds.  That needs to change.  

And that brings me back to that sweet  book that arrived in my mailbox this week.  The Legend of the Easter Robin explores the beautiful relationship between a little girl, Tressa, and her grandmother, while sharing about JESUS, sacrifice, renewal, and LOVE in a way that children can relate to perfectly.  GOD has the neatest way of showing up at just the right time, doesn't HE?  And how perfect that the big, fat, red-breasted robins have arrived in our town to announce that Spring is here.  Our children will definitely be able to relate.

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 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 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.  It is the perfect way for us to kick off the Easter season at church this week -- and I've even got a hands-on activity for us to craft inspired by the book.  My prayer is that the children will leave this week with a greater understanding of the magnificent LOVE of GOD towards us.  And that JESUS will be their first thought of Easter.



About the book (from the publisher):
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 GODcares 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 years (perfect for my Children's Worship!)
Hardcover; 32 pages 
Publish Date: January 26, 2016 



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What a delightful way to insure that our precious children understand true love.  I am excited to share The Legend of the Easter Robin in Children's Worship this week and am thrilled that I can also share a copy of this book with one of you.  Make sure to enter to win on the Rafflecopter below.

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34 comments:

  1. We read Benjamin's Box and have made our own resurrection eggs.

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  2. We decorate easter eggs and do easter baskets

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  3. My favorite resource is pinterest and google.

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  4. This books looks cute! My daughter loves hunting to plastic Easter eggs each year!

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  5. Pinterest - I have so many great ideas pinned!

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  6. My favorite resource is Pinterest. :)

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  7. We have a sweet little board book about Easter.

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  8. My favorite resource is Pinterest!

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  9. Pinterest is a great resource for Easter ideas also any craft store store will have good ideas.

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  10. We read Bible stories about Easter

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  11. My favorite resource is Pinterest.

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  12. Typically Easter music rom church.

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  13. Pinterest is a great resource for educational and creative Easter ideas and activities.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. I love Pinterest
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  15. I love Pinterest for everything lately :)

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  16. Pinterest is my go to site as the best of the web has already been vetted.

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  17. Pinterest is a good place to get idea for holidays or just about anything you can think of so I use Pinterest or just do a google search

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  18. We love the Holy Heroes website:) They are wonderful for teaching

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  19. I love to use our church website as a Easter resource!

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  20. i like when church programs get involved in making children better understand the Easter holiday!

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  21. Bible stories about Easter are a perfect resource.

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  22. I don't really have one but I love egg hunts

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  23. I don't have a favorite resource

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  24. I get lots of books from the library to help my kids learn about each holiday--I will get religious and secular books on Easter because I think learning about all the reasons behind the celebration are important.

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