Goshawks, spiders, a storyteller and a girl named Alia populate the latest story around the bright red Christmas flower known as the poinsettia.  But  Colorado-based author Patricia Ann Reid mined her tale from ancient Mexican myth and history to write “The Magical Red Flower – An Aztec Legend” (2013, Witch’s Corner, Golden, CO ).  Illustrator is Daniel Luna.  Reid visited KUVO to read from her book.

“It is so beautiful, and I kept finding connections,” said Reid about her late coming fascination with the “Flor de Noche Buena.”  The young octogenarian counts this as only her second book.

Reid has known illustrator Daniel Luna for decades, from the days when he painted flower pots.  ”He composes a picture with a thought in mind, but always adds a quirk.  That’s what I call it.”

Reid’s book is available only by mail order: Patricia Ann Reid, P.O. Box 475, Golden, CO 80401-0475, or send an e-mail to: AuthorPatReid@gmail.com

Music on the audio feature is by Mariachi Vasquez, ” Mi Triste Cancion” from the CD Como La Ves, Orquesta San Salvador, “Flor de Noche Buena,” Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, “Chiapas / La Marimba,” and Queto de Tinitoy Porfirio, “La Petrona” on Putamayo Presents Mexico.

interview and reading with author Pat Reid, various music selections

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