The Legend of the Christmas Poinsettia

I loved the festive color of the poinsettia when I was a child. Each December, as a special gift, my father presented my mother with a vibrant red plant, which became the centerpiece for our Christmas decorations.

As a garden enthusiast, I marvel at how long -lived the bright red leaves are, and how easy it is to care for this plant.

When I was a primary school teacher, I came across the Legend of the Poinsettia, which I was naturally eager to share with my young students. In that way, the legend and the plant have become a special gift to other generations.

Tomie dePaola, my favorite children’s author/illustrator, created a lovely retelling of the legend. Click below the picture to hear him read this delightful story.


You can listen to Tomie dePaola read The Legend of the Poinsettia HERE.


First grade creations of candles with poinsettia after hearing the Legend of the Poinsettia.

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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