The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola. $6.99. Publisher: Puffin (October 6, 1997). Reading level: Ages 4 and up. Publication: October 6, 1997. Author: Tomie dePaola
This video tells the story of the legend of the poinsettia using the illustrations of Tomie dePaola. The narrator is Tomie dePaola. I purchased the audio book through Kindle. It's great to have this wonderful story read to students by the author himself!
Poinsettias are native to Mexico, where they grow wild. The enchanting legend of the poinsettia dates back several centuries, to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita had no gift to present to the Christ child. Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift. So, on her way to church she gathered some weeds she found along the road. As she approached the altar, a miracle happened: The weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers. Then they were called Flores de Noche Buena - Flowers of the Holy Night. Now they are called poinsettias.
I used this activity as a summative assessment for figurative language. We read Tomie dePaola's, "The Legend of the Poinsettia". My students created a figurative language poinsettia to show what they learned. They did a really great job and learned a lot!
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Limited preview - 1997