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Webinar–Read & Grow with Master Gardeners in Collaboration with Books Are GEMS

December 4, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Legend of Poinsettia

This Month’s Story Time Book 

Join us on December 4th when El Paso Master Gardener Keith Quinonez will read The Legend of the Poinsettia to his online audience (Zoom link is below). The book shares the Mexican legend of how the Christmas-blooming poinsettia came to be through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Honor-winning author and illustrator Tomie dePaola’s infuses the story with his own special feeling for Christmas and the illustrations give an enchanting look at Lucida’s life in Mexico as she and the children prepare for Christmas.


Free Activity Resources and Book Raffle


Click the following links (in blue) to open the fun Activity Sheets related to The Legend of the Poinsettia: Matching Game and Word Search. The Activity Sheets can also be found at Books are GEMS.


Important: Stay to the end of the book reading to be eligible for a book raffle. Master Gardener Alison Wells will raffle off a new copy of The Legend of the Poinsettia to a lucky live listener!


Our Master Gardeners’ Read & Grow Dossier is still available. With it you can be a detective or a gumshoe in your own garden and keep track of your garden findings. To download a copy of the Master Gardeners’ Read & Grow Dossier for home printing, visit


Read & Grow with Master Gardeners is presented in collaboration with our local Books Are GEMS Story Time Saturdays. Find more information at,, or


El Paso County Master Gardener Presenter

Keith QuinonezKeith Quinonez is a teacher at Eastlake High School where he teaches U.S. Government and Economics. He is also the Head Cross Country Coach and Distance Assistant Coach for Track and Field. His current interest in gardening is learning more about our local desert plants and improving the ability of El Paso to conserve water for its future generations.





Image source: Courtesy of Keith Quinonez


Read & Grow with Master Gardeners
will be on Zoom & Facebook Live
On the first Saturday of the Month at 10:30 a.m.*
*excluding holiday weekends
through 2021 (until further notice!)
10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time)

At Story Time, Click to Join on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 708 876 9805
Password: Books

Alternately, below is a combined link for both the Zoom page and Password:
(Click or Cut and Paste on your Browser)

If the link does not work, copy & paste onto your browser search field.
Or, login to and enter the
Meeting I.D. 708 876 9805
Password: Books

For audio only, check here for the local phone
Dial in with the above Meeting ID and Password.

You can always watch previous Story Time Saturdays by visiting the
Books Are Gems Facebook Page.




December 4, 2021
10:30 am - 11:15 am