The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Poinsettia


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In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside.

This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698115675
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/06/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 84,602
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific — and beloved — author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Legend of the Poinsettia 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
teachlovereading More than 1 year ago
As always, Tomie dePaola provides beautiful, sweet illustrations and wonderful vocabulary (including some Spanish) to retell this holiday legend. This is a great teaching tool for the symbol of the poinsettia; and lends to great art and writing projects at school. I also used this book tucked in a sprig of poinsettias as a beautiful and well received centerpiece for tables at a teachers meeting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Love it!
Kourtlin.Harrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is about a girl named Lucinda that lives in Mexico with her family. As Christmas was approaching, Lucinda's mother was asked to make a new blanket for Baby Jesus in the Christmas procession. Lucinda helps her mother until her mother becomes sick and is taken to the doctor. Worried that the blanket won't get finished, she tried to finish it herself but ends up ruining the blanket. When she goes to the Christmas service, she takes a bundle of weeds to be sacrificed on the alter since she had nothing else. The weeds then turned into beautiful red flowers, or what we now know today as poinsettia's. Personal Reaction: This book makes me think of Christmas at my own house because we always had poinsettia's. It also makes me think of the things my mother and I would do together when I was younger. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. As a class, we could make a Venn Diagram comparing this book and "The Legend of the Bluebonnet." Since they are written and illustrated by the same person, we could find the similarities and differences of these books. We could also find the similarities of Hispanic and Native American cultures. 2. We could do a study on poinsettia's and take care of our own plant in the classroom. They could learn about plants and the proper care of them. When done, each child could take their own plant home.
kyoder06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Uses:-Have students create poinsettias as craft project-Unit on various legends
alliek710 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Would be good to use during Christmas time, to talk about folktales and the Mexican culture and where things in our culture came from.
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I am really annoyed that I purchased this on my ipad and the format is not supported in the app. A complete waste of money!