The Gift of the Magi
The classic Christmas tale of the wisest gifts of Christmas by O.Henry, illustrated by the two-time Kate Greenaway Medalist P.J. Lynch. (The Kate Greenaway Medal is the equivalent of the Caldecott Medal in the United States–given to the best children's book illustration.)
In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside. The poignancy of his story is captured in P.J. Lynch's eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth.
This sumptuous title is one to savor and treasure for many Christmases to come. Despite the outstanding vocabulary, between the illustrations, and the sweet subject matter, this is appropriate as a read-aloud from early elementary school on up.
Suitable for ages 5+