The Legend of the Poinsettia

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PaperStar/Penguin Putnum Books for Young Readers, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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.


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Summary: This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Personal Reaction: Beautiful illustrations. A wonderful story about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - emilystrong - LibraryThing

The Legend of the Poinsettia is a legend about why a poinsettia is related to Christmas. The story centers around a girl named Lucinda. She wants a gift to take to the manger. This story takes a ... Read full review

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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.

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