"Doña Flor" can be used to teach characterization. For example, my students used STEAL to infer that Doña Flor is selfless. My students supported this inferred characterization with text evidence about how Doña Flor would read to the animals and children in her spare time.
"Doña Flor" can be used to teach tall tales to young children. This is because tall tales are considered to be unbelievable or exaggerated stories. While the character of Doña Flor exhibits believable characteristics, she is nonetheless described as taller than the mountains, which ultimately makes this story a tall tale.
An important theme of "Doña Flor" is that it embraces cultural diversity. Doña Flor is a Spanish-American who integrates Spanish words and phrases, such as "mi casa es su casa," into her English language. This is a great book to use in the classroom, because it allows diverse students to feel connected to literacy. My students loved reading this book. I highly recommend it!