The Legend of the Poinsettia

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

This is about a little Mexican girl preparing for the Christmas celebration the church has every year. When her mom becomes ill, she is afraid she will have nothing to bring the baby Jesus and goes out to find her own gift.

Genre: Picturebook, fable

Grades: 1st-4th

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a four. I loved the story, however in a public school I would feel tentative to teach this book because of the religious overtones in the book.

Does anyone know what a Poinsettia is?


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