The Legend of the Poinsettia

Tomie dePaola, Author
Tomie dePaola, Author Putnam Publishing Group $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-21692-3
Reviewed on: 10/03/1994
Release date: 10/01/1994
Mass Market Paperbound - 32 pages - 978-0-698-11568-2
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-698-11567-5
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12753-0
Prebound-Other - 32 pages - 978-0-613-05345-7
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-7463-6
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In the tradition of his The Legend of the Bluebonnet and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, dePaola offers another gracious retelling of a timeless folktale. His skillfully pared-down narrative and paintings that glow with strong colors present the story of a well-intentioned Mexican child, Lucida. Distressed because she has no other gift to offer Baby Jesus, she carries into the church an armful of weeds, each of which suddenly becomes ``tipped with a flaming red star''-marking the miraculous blooming of the first poinsettias. Released simultaneously in English-and Spanish-language editions. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
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