The Gift of the Magi

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One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure—her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale ...

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Overview

One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure—her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.

An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories reflecting various aspects of American life at the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
O. Henry's classic tale of Della and Jim, the struggling newlyweds so anxious to give each other a Christmas gift that each sells the one thing the other holds most dear, receives an oddly lifeless treatment here. Heyer's meticulously detailed illustrations are pretty but stilted; the characters look like mannequins. The rueful Jim fares better than poor prematurely middle-aged Della, who at times looks more like his mother than his wife. Still, the story is as touching as ever, and neither time nor mediocre artwork can dim its glory. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Zwerger's artistic talents breathe fresh life into a familiar story. The delicate watercolors convey the story of a young couple who have nothing, but who want to give each other a special gift at Christmas. Each parts with something that they held dear, only to end up with gifts that they can no longer use. Still, the love they have for each other is what shines through, and award-winning artist Zwerger captures it all in her lovely illustrations. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Beloved short story about the true spirit of Christmas giving as demonstrated by a loving couple who each give up their most prized possession to buy the perfect present for the other. Detailed acrylics suffused with light help transport the reader to the Victorian setting of the tale in a handsome oversized book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689817014
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 326,780
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisbeth Zwerger was born in Vienna, where she later studied at the Academy of Art. Internationally renowned as one of the finest contemporary illustrators of children's literature, Zwerger chose The Gift of the Magi as the first American story she illustrated.

William Sydney Porter—later to be known as O. Henry—was born in North Carolina in 1862. Known for his surprise endings and ability to capture the hope and pathos of ordinary people, Henry is best remembered for his stories about New York City. The Gift of the Magi was written in 1906, four years before his death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    The Gift Of The Magi

    The Gift Of The Magi was one of the greatest book I ever read. It touched me to see a couple give up their most valuable objects that they owned for love.

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