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Tomie de Paola never fails to draw emotions with his recounting of traditional folktales from 'other' cultures, so close to our own.
The magic of Christmas is a favorite subject for the author and my kids share this passion - even in the heat of summer.
I never heard of the story of the poinsettia flower. Lovely. And the story of the little girl is empowering.
De Paola has a way to be evocative without overstating, everything is kept simple, serene. Even the poverty of a once-upon-a-time rural context is oddly comforting. Somehow, it makes you feel the wealth we enjoy has, on the way, deprived us of something equally poignant.
I love everything Tomie dePaola, this story is no different. Beautiful illustrations and a well written story, this book shows the love of a daughter for her mother and baby Jesus. The writing is smooth and flows really well, a real page turner.
This is a wonderful addition to my unit of "Christmas Around the World". It beautifully tells the story of Christmas in Mexico and the legend of how the poinsettia plant became associated with Christmas.