Tressa is worried the robin living in her grandmother's tree is laying her eggs too early. Gran reminds her that God will take care of the robin and her eggs. "See that bare spot on her red breast?" Gran says. "God made her so she could warm her babies through that brood patch." Still, Tressa is unsure, especially when a cold snap hits the day before Easter.
Gran tries to distract Tressa by blowing out some eggs, dying them robin's egg blue, and adding paper wings to them - a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. As Tressa and Gran work on these Easter birds, Gran tells the legend behind the robin's red breast.
Years ago, a robin flying over Jerusalem recognized Jesus on the cross. (Gran says, "All earth's creatures, except humans, recognized Jesus - the Creator-God come to earth.") In despair, the robin sees an especially long thorn stabbing Jesus' head; using all its strength, it pulls the thorn away from Christ.
"And as it came out, a drop of Jesus' blood fell onto the robin's breast, staining it red from that day to this. 'Ever since,' Gran said, 'the robin's red breast reminds us of Christ's sacrifice and how much he cares. The robin's song is the first sign of spring, helping us remember that after Christ died, he rose again on that first Easter.''"On Easter morning, when Tressa goes outside to hang the egg-birds on Gran's tree, she finds bits of real blue robin's eggs on the ground. Looking into the robin's nest, she sees with relief that the robin's babies are alive and well. "'God takes care of his creatures,' Gran whispered." And Tressa says a prayer, thanking God for the robins - and for Jesus.
Publishing Info: Zonderkidz; 2010; ISBN: 978-0310713319; hardback, 32 pgs., $15.99.Buy Now at Amazon for $10.87
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