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?
After reading this book, every time you see a poinsettia, you will remember the story ... and the true meaning of Christmas.
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.
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.
This is a picture book story with a folk legend about how the Poinsettia became part of Christmas
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.
9 to 12
4 to 8
Read with a 7-year-old girl.
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|
|Publisher||Barefoot Books © 2003|
|Genres||Cultures and Tradition, Christmas, Fables and Folklore, Christian, Latin America | Hispanic People|