It's almost Christmas, and this year Lucinda's family has been chosen for a special honor: her mother will weave the blanket that the baby Jesus will wear in her church’s Christmas procession. But when her mother falls ill, Lucida tries to complete the blanket, only to leave it tangled and ruined. She's heartbroken, but a mysterious old woman tells Lucida, 'Any gift is beautiful because it is given. Whatever you give, the Baby Jesus will love because it comes from you.' And when Lucida nervously walks in with an arm full of weeds, each bursts into bloom with a beautiful red star.
Called la flor de la Nochebuena — the flower of the Holy Night — in Mexico, the poinsettia's Christmas blooms are the symbol of a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. With illustrations that capture the brilliant colors of Mexico as well as the magic and excitement of the season, Tomie dePaola imbues the tale with his own special feeling for Christmas.
"The story has a simple dignity, but it is the artwork that takes center stage here. The spreads, which feature everyday occurrences (set in a generic era), are magnificently staged and colored and culminate in the last spread — Lucinda praying at a creche, with a profusion of poinsettias decorating the pages." — Booklist
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Oct 6, 1997|