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The Legend of the Poinsettia (Mexican Folktale)by Tomie Depaola
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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.
A holiday classic with a Latino flair
Infused with Spanish words and phrases, this festive retelling of The Night Before Christmas adds a latino twist to the popular holiday poem. Beloved folk icon Pancho Claus, dressed like a charro, donning a sombrero, and leading a team of burros, arrives after a family's Christmas fiesta to spread his cheer. Who could turn down a Macarena and a Christmas cancion?
In the tradition of The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and The Legend of the Bluebonnet, Caldecott Honoree Tomie dePaola retells the Mexican legend of how the poinsettia came to be. It's a beautiful tale certain to please, with beautiful full-color illustrations.
About the Author
Jose-Luis Orozco is a bilingual children's performer, recording artist, and author who makes appearances nationwide. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Ashley Wolff has illustrated over 40 books, including the Miss Bindergarten series. She lives in San Francisco, California.
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