The Most Precious Gift by Marty Crisp

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Across the great desert the caravan follows the eastern star, in search of the newborn king. And at the rear young Ameer trails sadly behind. What gift, he wonders, can one so poor possibly give? Certainly nothing that might compare with the fine tributes of a merchant, or the gold, frankincense, and myrrh of kings. Not even Ameer’s beloved dog Ra can give him any comfort. But in Bethlehem they find a king like none before. And to everyone’s astonishment, though Ameer has no jewels or marvels to present, his gift of the heart outshines them all.

Floyd Cooper’s glowing artwork captures the quiet brilliance of the first Christmas story with renewed beauty. This unique telling of the Nativity, as experienced through the eyes of a child, will warm the heart with the true spirit of the holiday.


About Marty Crisp

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Marty Crisp is an award-winning author and journalist. She is the author of Everything Dog. Everything Cat. and Everything Dolphin. Ms. Crisp lives in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.
Published September 14, 2006 by Philomel. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This smoothly told story focuses on Ameer, a kennel boy (and most probably a slave) for one of the Magi who are following the star to Bethlehem to see the “Baby King.” Ameer owns a white dog named Ra who is the boy’s loyal best friend and only possession of value.

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Dog is known as Man's best friend, but Crisp (My Dog, Cat ) speculates that a dog became Jesus' best friend as well.

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