The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola The retelling of the Mexican legend surrounding its native flower. In dePaola’s version, a young girl named Lucida is upset over the fact that she has nothing to offer the baby Jesus during her town’s Christmas procession. Her mother has taken ill and she and her siblings have been left in the care of a family friend. Too embarrassed to enter the church empty handed Lucida is encouraged by una viejita to give whatever she can. The only things Lucida can find are the weeds alongside the road, which she picks before entering the church to make her offering. The resulting milagro surrounding her simple gift ends the story on a meaningful note.