"In trading a partridge for a piñata and intertwining English and Spanish, Mora has created not only a fun adaptation of a classic Christmas carol but also an introduction to many elements of holiday celebrations for families across the U.S. and Latin America … The illustrator is the sister of Belpré Award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales, and these acrylic paintings share a similar colorful and vibrant style as they integrate words, numbers, Spanish pronunciations, joy, and excitement throughout each full page spread."—Booklist
- Ask the students when and where they hear languages other than English. Do they like to learn new words in other languages? What new words did they learn in this book?
- After sharing the book, have students draw the book, or a few pages, as you read the book.
- Help students make their favorite gift in the book and give it to their amiga/o.
- Learn to sing the song and perform it for another class or group.
"This popular title introduces readers to a Mexican tradition and inspires them to think about gift-giving in a different way. The authors take children through each of the days of the posada (“inn”) tradition in which celebrants take figurines representing Mary and Joseph from one inn to another as they look for a place to rest. Carlos worries that he has no money to buy a special gift to offer the Christ Child, but his grandmother urges him to pick a flower along the way. This humble flower blossoms into a glorious poinsettia on Christmas Eve. An enjoyable selection for readers of any age."—Critcás
- After learning about the origin of the name poinsettia, have students read about flower folklore and write a story based on their research or create a name for an imaginary flower and write and illustrate that story. The flower could, of course, be named after themselves or their friends which could lead to some interesting descriptions.
- Humans enjoy celebrations. Have students study celebrations around the globe and share a holiday celebration important to their family.
- Students can learn about legends and either re-tell a legend, particularly one native to their area or place of birth, or create their own legends.