Thursday, December 17, 2009

stART-The Legend of the Poinsettia-by Tomie dePaola

We love all of Tomie dePaola's books, but I have a special fondness for his Christmas legends and saint legends books. The Legend of the Poinsettia is the book we unwrapped yesterday and I had a plan to make a handprint poinsettia when we opened this wonderful book.
"Tomie dePaola presents the story of a well-intentioned Mexican child, Lucida. Distressed because she has no other gift to offer Baby Jesus, she carries into the church an armful of weeds, each of which suddenly becomes "tipped with a flaming red star"-marking the miraculous blooming of the first poinsettias." Amazon review
The first step in these very easy poinsettias was to paint a paperplate green.
We did this the night before the next step so the paint had time to dry.
The next day we made 5 handprints for the poinsettia flowers.
We learned in the book that the people in Mexico call these flowers: la Flor de Nochebuena---which means, the Flower of the Holy Night. We talked about how they look like stars.

You can't have more fun than this during art time.
Kimmy, as always, is a little more lady like in her artwork.
After the blossoms were dry, we used a q-tip to dot yellow paint onto the center of our flowers.
Very careful, now Kimberly!
Very pretty results!!
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Our Little Family said...

Those look amazing! We have that book, too. Oh, how I'm wishing that my daughter would allow her hands to get paint on them!!

Rebecca said...

This is soo creative! The stART post i just read before this one, read the same book!

vanessa said...

Handprint art is the best! I like this idea!

Debbie said...

These turned out so cute! I love hand print art!

Brimful Curiosities said...

What gorgeous poinsettias. We have not read this story yet, but have read other books illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

sbswtp said...

They came out great!!! Looks like a fun project :)

Ruth said...

I love it!!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

It's a wonderful project. We'll make sure to read this book next Christmas, we love dePaola books here as well.

Michelle said...

These came out so cute, I love them! I am adding this to our projects for next year :0)

Thank you for linking up to stART!!