Friday, December 10, 2010

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tommie dePaola

From Publishers 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.

First Sentence: Lucida lived in a small village high up in the mountains of Mexico with her mama, her papa, and her younger brother and sister, Paco and Lupe.

My thoughts: I like dePaola's children's books and this is one of my favorites. It is a wonderful little story full of hope, faith, and miracles. The simple pictures are lovely. What a great adition to a Christmas Around the World unit or to simply share with your own children at home.

Tomie dePoala

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