The Legend of the Poinsettia

His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful. In mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night.

Puffin. Beloved newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. At christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside. This mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child.

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The Night of Las Posadas Picture Puffin Books

But a man and a woman no one knows arrive in time to take their place in the procession and then mysteriously disappear at the end before they can be thanked. That night we witness a christian miracle, for when Sister Angie goes to the cathedral and kneels before the statue of Mary and Jospeh, wet footprints from the snow lead up to the statue.

Tomie depaola's glorious paintings are as luminous as the farolitos that light up on the Plaza in Santa Fe for the procession of Las Posadas, the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter at the inn on Christmas Eve. This year sister angie, who are to play mary and Joseph, has to stay home with the flu, who is always in charge of the clebration, and Lupe and Roberto, get caught in a snowstorm.

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Night Tree

By moonlight in the quiet forest, apples, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. Sure to become a christmas favorite, this beautifully illustrated story of a family’s unusual tradition brings to life the true spirit of Christmas.

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Christmas Around the World

Lucia crowns, christmas around the World brings together Christmas traditions from twelve different lands, like decorations on a splendid tree. A visually attractive and thoughtful presentation for those seasonal school assignments, " praised School Library Journal. A holiday celebration of diversity!From Ethiopian fringed umbrellas and star-shaped Filipino parol lanterns to candlelit Swedish St.

Used book in Good Condition. Includes a section on craft ideas, a pronunciation guide, a page of Christmas sayings, and two pages of Fact and Fiction. Author mary lankford was the director of library services for the Texas Education Agency and received many awards, among them the Texas Library Association Distinguished Service Award.

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The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story

In this beloved classic picture book, tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child. Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her little world will never be the same.

She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep. Cranky old lady, ” the children say. Harcourt Brace and Company. Used book in Good Condition.


Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

Used book in Good Condition. Every year, trolls knock down Kyri's door and gobble up her Christmas feast. Harcourt Brace and Company. Featuring beautiful borders, and a stunning display of the Northern Lights, intricate illustrations, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? will rightfully take its place among Jan's Christmas favorites with the whole family.

But this year, the trolls are in for a surprise: a boy and his pet ice bear on their way to Oslo have come in from the cold. And once the ice bear is finished with the trolls, you can bet they won't come knocking next Christmas Eve!Once again, Jan Brett creates an original Christmas story full of warmth and magic.

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How to Catch Santa

Filled with humor and holiday warmth, this is a jolly read-aloud for the whole family to enjoy!And don't miss Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish's How to Raise a Mom and How to Surprise a Dad!“A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr.

. From jean reagan and lee Wildish, creators of the bestselling HOW TO. Elusive, aka Santa. Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve? Series, comes a delightful new offering, written again in a hilarious instructional style. A #1 new york times bestseller that's a christmas must-read!from the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma comes an equally charming and hilarious holiday offering!   After waiting for days and days and days, it’s finally Christmas Eve.

. Two sibling narrators give clever tips for “catching” Santa be crafty! be clever! be gentle! on Christmas Eve.


Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy

Chosen for what?" Turk asks. He's an athlete, " says his father. Used book in Good Condition. No one wants to hear Runt's answer. Harcourt Brace and Company. Turk's parents are proud of him, the biggest, strongest, most graceful bird at Wishbone Farm. Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve? But you will laugh at what he has to do to get his family's attention.

He's a goner, " says his little brother, Runt. But no one ever listens to runt -- even after people with seasonal plans and roasting pans begin showing up at Wishbone Farm, or even after the juiciest turkeys are chosen, one by one. Used book in Good Condition. He's a dancer, " says his mother. They are, after all, turkeys.

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Lucia Morning in Sweden

Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve? It describes their giddy activities, full-page illustrations, and sewing patterns for the costumes traditionally worn by children on this day, recipes, when many Swedish people celebrate the legacy of Lucia and the coming of the light with coffee, ginger snaps, saffron buns, and also provides sheet music, brought to life in colorful, and wonderful singing.

One of the most beloved and celebrated traditions of the Swedish people, Lucia Day also signifies that the Christmas holiday is getting close. Although the book is aimed at the 5- to 10-year-old age group, many parents and grandparents may enjoy reading it to younger children. Used book in Good Condition.

Harcourt Brace and Company. The book tells the story of Santa Lucia through the eyes of three children in modern-day Sweden. In the busy house of the svennson family, everyone is getting ready for the Swedish holiday of Lucia Day, December 13. Used book in Good Condition.


Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel

Tante wished she could witness a bit of Christmas magic, too. Everybody loves Christmas at Tante's. The old lady decorates a wonderful tree and makes certain to have something for all who come to visit, be it the nearby village children or the shy animals of the pine forest. Animals might speak aloud. The only creatures Tante overlooks are the spiders she has swept out of her cottage while cleaning.

All her life, tante had heard tales about marvelous happenings on Christmas Eve. When a midnight visitor lets them into the old lady's home, they unknowingly spin Tante the very gift she has longed for--a gift that has inspired the draping of tinsel on Christmas trees ever since. This old world tale about the warmth and wonder of Christmas will leave children enchanted with the magical possibilities of the season.

Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve? Bees might hum carols, or cocks crow at midnight. Used book in Good Condition. Harcourt Brace and Company. Used book in Good Condition. But the curious spiders want to come inside and see Tante's tree, too.


Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve? Used book in Good Condition. Harcourt Brace and Company. Strega nona returns with her bumbling assistant, the baker’s daughter, and Bambolona, Big Anthony, in time for the big Christmas Eve feast. Used book in Good Condition.