The Miracle of the First Poinsettia by Joanne Oppenheim

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Originally native to Mexico, beautiful poinsettia plants decorate homes around the world every holiday season. But few people who love the plant s deep red tones know the traditional Mexican tale about how the poinsettia first came to be. In this extraordinary collaboration, Fabian Negrin brings his warm, glowing scenes to Joanne Oppenheim s thoughtful narrative, transporting readers to Old-World Mexico and into the arms of a young girl as her trust leads her straight into a miracle. A beautiful alternative to the traditional nativity story, this book is a wonderful evocation of Mexican customs and culture.
 

About Joanne Oppenheim

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Joanne Oppenheim has written over two dozen picture books, including The Christmas Witch. With other members of her family she has created a company that publishes books on the most succesful toys for children, calld the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Oppenheim, a child-development expert, is one of today's most trusted authorities on child development and education. She is the author of more than forty books for and about children including Kids & Play, Buy Me, Buy Me, and the eight annual editions of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Oppenheim won the National Picture Book of the Year award in Canada for Have You Seen Birds?. Fabian Negrin is the illustrator of the children's books "Gauchada "and "The Secret Footprints." He is also a developer of marketing campaigns for various European and Italian companies.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Barefoot Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Oppenheim tells the familiar story of the first Poinsettia (also the subject of picture books by Tomie de Paola and Pat Mora) with a sure hand.

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Troubled that she has no pesos to buy a gift for the Christ child, Juanita humbly follows the mystical behest of a stone angel to bring weeds to the midnight mass instead.

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