The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
(Mexican Folktale)

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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.

A Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. 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.

 

About Tomie dePaola

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Tomie dePaola is the artist and author/ artist of more than two hundred books for young readers. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, and was designated a “living treasure” by the state of New Hampshire. Most recently, he is the first author known primarily for children’s book writing to be awarded the Sara Josepha Hale award, a prestigious distinction in writing by a New Englander. He lives in New London, New Hampshire. 
 
Published October 6, 1994 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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