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Tomie dePaola - Legend Of The Poinsettia, The

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Author: Tomie dePaola

  • AGES 6 - 9 
  • Genre Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables

In this retelling of an old Mexican folktale about the origin of poinsettias, Lucida and her mother work tirelessly to weave a blanket for the baby Jesus to wear in the town's nativity celebration. When Lucida's mother gets sick, Lucida tries to finish the blanket herself but ends up ruining it beyond repair. She is so ashamed of her failure that she hides at the church service on Christmas Eve. An old woman approaches Lucida and tells her that "any gift is beautiful because it is given." Hearing these words, Lucida places weeds around the manger and suddenly they turn into "flaming red stars," or poinsettias.

In this book built around a beautiful message and illustrations, which wonderfully complement the story, young readers are led to understand the true meaning of gift- giving. Celebrated author and illustrator Tomie dePaolo does an excellent job of breathing new life into this legend, creating a sweet and heartwarming book for young readers.

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