The Legend of the Poinsettia

Bibliography Information: DePaola, T. (1994). The legend of the poinsettia. New York: Putnam.

Short annotation: This is a story about Lucida, whose mother was asked to make a blanket for the Baby Jesus. When Lucida’s mother becomes ill, Lucida does everything she can to make sure that the church’s Baby Jesus has a gift of a blanket for Christmas

The Genre: Folktale, Picture book

Grade level: Preschool to Second grade

Readers who will like this book: A few readers who will like it are children who like Christmas stories; parents and educators looking for a different type of Christmas story.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 4.5; I loved how detailed all the pictures where, the story line and how the story ends. The only thing I was a little worried about is how accurate the story is to Mexican culture when it comes to how the culture celebrates Christmas.

Question: What holidays are celebrated during the month of December?





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