The Miracle Of The First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story

Summary:

It is Christmas Eve (la Noche Buena). Everyone is happy ... even Papa, who just lost his job. Juanita is sad. True, there are no extra pesos for toys or candy, but more importantly, she doesn't have a gift to bring to church for the Baby Jesus. When everyone went in for services, Juanita stayed outside. A stone angel in the garden helps her find the perfect gift. She is skeptical of carrying weeds into church, but she does as the angel suggests. Will people laugh at her?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

After reading this book, every time you see a poinsettia, you will remember the story ... and the true meaning of Christmas.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter seemed more interested in the illustrations, and was captivated by them so much that even when we finished a page, she still wanted to look at them some more. She liked the story, but we couldn't call it a favorite.

Parent Reaction

This is a simple story that is elegantly told. The illustrations (done with watercolor and oil pastels) offer a rich complement to the words. The images are detailed enough to carry the story if you want to use this as a wordless book.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book story with a folk legend about how the Poinsettia became part of Christmas
Educational Themes:

Use this as a seasonal example of folktales and legends. It is also a great book to have around when the "reason for the season" seems to be lost in all of the hubbub.

Reading Level:
3.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The story is beautifully told and the illustrations are magnificent. This book could easily be part of a yearly family tradition.

Title The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story
Author Joanne Oppenheim
Publisher Barefoot Books © 2003
Illustrators Fabian Negrin
ISBN 1841482455
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Cultures and Tradition, Christmas, Fables and Folklore, Christian, Latin America | Hispanic People
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