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The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story Paperback – October 1, 2013

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PreS-Gr. 2. Oppenheim found the kernel of this story while researching a book about Christmas. She expanded it into the tale of Juanita, who is anxious about Christmas Eve, La Noche Buena. Her father is unemployed, and the family struggles. There will be no gift for baby Jesus at midnight Mass. Oppenheim seems to stretch the story as Juanita wanders through the market place, then home, and finally to church, empty-handed. But it's an uplifting moment when a stone angel in the church courtyard tells Juanita to bring a profusion of greens into church, where they miraculously turn into red poinsettias. Whatever small flaws there are in the text are balanced by Negrin's fabulous pictures, executed in watercolors, colored pencils, and oil pastels. The scenes, in full pages and blocks, are infused with color--the tomato red of the market, the ethereal blue-green of evening, the holy, gold lighting of the church. The sturdy figures have a statue-like dignity in a glowing evocation of old Mexico. Spanish words are well integrated, and there is also a glossary. Ilene Cooper
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"A Christmas gem." --Kirkus Review"Negrin's illustrations are richly colored, in pomegranate reds and burnished golds. Even the endpapers are a lush, double-spread explosion of deep red poinsettias from edge to edge. His pictures tell the story at least as eloquently as the text, and add a dimension of magic and beauty that raises 'The Miracle of the First Poinsettia' above the ordinary." --Boston Sunday Globe "Negrin's mixed-media art creates a lush, dreamlike environment where anything seems possible." --Publishers Weekly"Negrin's mixed-media art creates a lush, dreamlike environment where anything seems possible." --Publishers Weekly

"A Christmas gem." --Kirkus Review

"Negrin's mixed-media art creates a lush, dreamlike environment where anything seems possible." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841483648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841483641
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
While I have this 'companion' book to the Miracle of the Poinsettia by Brian Cavanaugh (published 2001), I find the Oppenheim Spanish translation rather stilted and far more difficult, even for the very fluent young child to follow. Also, the illustrations are dark and a bit gloomy in comparison to the luminous and richly colorful images of Cavanaugh's version. I have given several of these books as gifts -- with a lukewarm response. Whereas the Cavanugh book has been received by many many friends, teachers and co-workers with a sense of awe for the illustrations, story and mystery it excudes. I would urge a reading of both versions. See for yourselves!
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This is a terrific story! I teach at a primarily Hispanic-dominant school and my students love hearing this story about Christmas and the Poinsettia. The pictures are wonderful and the story is very heart-warming. I definitely recommend this book!
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The Miracle of the First Poinsettia, written by Joanne Oppenheim and illustrated by Fabian Negrin, is a holiday tale best for ages 5-9. It is written in English with Spanish words interspersed throughout, and tells the story of a young, Mexican girl who learns to give gifts from the heart. Oppenheim’s story is a retelling of a traditional Mexican myth about the creation of the first Poinsettia flowers in Mexico. These flowers are sometimes called “flores de la Noche Buena,” or “flowers of Christmas Eve.” According to Oppenheim’s Author’s Note: “They decorate homes and churches all over the world at Christmas time. In Mexico they are so plentiful they still go like weeds. They brighten gardens and remind us of hope, the joy and the miracle of Christmas!” With glowing illustrations, this tale of love and kindness will surely warm the hearts of readers as the winter chill sets in.

Oppenheim, in her “Author’s Note,” comments upon the transitory beauty of myths and legends: “It is always different, yet the same. That is what keeps folktales alive—telling them and retelling them in different ways. Perhaps the reason this story lives on is because it is a miracle story that reminds us of the true spirit of giving.” This lovely retelling, coupled with Negrin’s mesmerizing illustrations, make for a truly enchanting tale. As Kirkus Reviews notes,

Negrin’s intense oil-and-wax pastel, colored-pencil, and watercolor illustrations border on the surreal, with their bold use of modeling and contrasting deep blues, reds, and glowing gold. They also provide authentic details and decorations of papel picado, birds, butterflies, and flowers. A Christmas gem.

Illustrator Fabian Negrin studied art in Mexico City.
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