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The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Poinsettia

by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Poinsettia

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.

This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698115675
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/06/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 70,128
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific — and beloved — author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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