From two extraordinary talents, a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.
The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas tradition. Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park has taken the brief biblical references to the three as the starting point for a new story. In it we meet a boy who is learning his father’s trade; a man who gathers resin from certain trees; a merchant in the marketplace; and three strangers in brightly colored robes who are shopping for a gift for a baby. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline with exquisite paintings, this simple, moving tale of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event brings new resonance to the well-known gift list of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Includes an author’s note.
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Somewhere in Ibatoullineâs ancient, almost-shimmering Arab desert landscape, a boy at his fatherâs side learns the family business of gathering valuable sap, which seeps like tears from certain trees.Sep 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Third Gift
“The Third Gift is an unusually thoughtful and bittersweet story that shines a light on ordinary people in a historic place and time.”Quiet and lustrous, this spare story by the Newbery Award-winning author Linda Sue Park distinguishes itself from the jingly, jangly stuff that crowds the book are...Nov 15 2011 | Read Full Review of The Third Gift
In Parkâs spare but evocative narrative, a nameless Middle Eastern boy learns from his father to harvest âtears,â hardened beads of sap from a desert tree, which are sold for high prices at the local market.| Read Full Review of The Third Gift
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