The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Poinsettia

DePaolo, T. (1994). The Legend of the Poinsettia. New York,NY: G. P. Putnam & Grosser Group.

This story is about a young girl named Lucida who is helping her mother make a cover for a gift for baby Jesus. Her mother becomes ill and has to go to the hospital, so Lucida tries to finish the cover in time but it becomes tangled. She ends up bringing weeds for baby Jesus instead which end up turning into beautiful Poinsettia’s.

Folktale

1st-4th

Readers who like christmas; Readers who enjoy reading about different religions and their holidays;

Rate:5; The illustrations were beautiful. I like the moral of the story which was, doesn’t matter what you give as long as you give from the heart.

Question: What do you think Poinsettias are?

Reading Strategy: Internet Investigations

B: Before reading the book the teacher would ask the students what they think Poinsettias are and then have the students form questions about what they would like to know about Poinsettias. Then they would go on the internet and do research on what Poinsettias are, where they come from, and what they may represent.

C: This helps students have a better understanding of The Legend of the Poinsettia, when they do finally begin reading it.

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