The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Poinsettia

3.5 6
by Tomie dePaola
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the tradition of his The Legend of the Bluebonnet and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, dePaola offers another gracious retelling of a timeless folktale. His skillfully pared-down narrative and paintings that glow with strong colors present the story of a well-intentioned Mexican child, Lucida. Distressed because she has no other gift to offer Baby Jesus, she carries into the church an armful of weeds, each of which suddenly becomes ``tipped with a flaming red star''-marking the miraculous blooming of the first poinsettias. Released simultaneously in English-and Spanish-language editions. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Tomie dePaola masterfully retells the Mexican legend of how the poinsettia came to be. When Lucida's mother becomes ill and is unable to finish weaving a blanket for the town's nativity, Lucida tries to finish it herself. After she ruins the blanket beyond repair and is ashamed to enter the church empty-handed, Lucida hides from the town's festive Christmas Eve procession. While she is hiding, a mysterious old woman comes out of the shadows and encourages her to join her family in church and offer whatever she can give to Baby Jesus. After gathering an armful of weeds, Lucinda enters the church and places them in the manger, where they transform into the bright red star of the poinsettia. On their way home after midnight mass, the villagers find the countryside filled with these beautiful red stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101652060
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/06/1997
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
File size:
30 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Legend of the Poinsettia 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago