The Gift of the Magi Hardcover – Sep 9 2008
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..."as sentimental as Christmas."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"ÝB¨eautifully wrought illustrations, delicate, uncluttered, and splendidly composed."
-- "New York Times Book Review"
"Lisbeth Zwerger's biting line and soft, evocative palette illuminate the characters with an aura of gaslit nobility, and burnish an antique until it shines."
About the Author
O. Henry, aka William Sydney Porter, was born in North Carolina in 1862. A master of the short story, he wrote hundreds of tales whose wry humor and plot twists, often amusing or ironic, have earned him a place as one of the best-loved American writers. He died in 1910 at the age of forty-seven.
P.J. Lynch is the celebrated illustrator of many beloved and acclaimed books, including A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE BEE-MAN OF ORN, and IGNIS. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, for THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY and WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA. He lives in Ireland.
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One of the greatest short story writers ever, O. Henry knew how to write about ordinary people to make them seem extraordinary. In GIFT, we are not told this young, happy couple lives in a tenement building, we are shown it in details. I loved how Della has to hang out her long hair to get it dry.
A lesson about what true gift giving is all about. I've read this to my daughter and granddaughters, and we all believe this is one of the greatest tales ever written. Many struggle to exist in today's iffy economy, yet you can only hope a sense of humor remains and love deepens due to not spending a fortune on gifts, yet giving from the heart and being able to laugh no matter the outcome.
Although I believe everyone knows the end of this story, I won't insert a spoiler, but I will ask that you re-read this short, especially the ending line. A tragic mix up, so filled with beautiful sentiment, it will bring a tear to the eye while bringing a smile to your heart. Be as wise as a Magi
"The Gift of the Magi" is a little story that's worn fairly well in the lesson, if not in the language. Jim and Della Young lived on a shoestring in their New York apartment, very much in love but with no cash to spare for Christmas gifts. They had only two things of value: Della's luxuriant knee-length hair and Jim's family-heirloom pocket watch. Della (from whose POV the story is told) sold her hair to buy Jim a fob chain for his treasured watch. When he arrived at the apartment he "stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face" and then gave her the present he'd bought -- jeweled combs for her hair, now gone. When she pressed the fob chain on him eagerly, he revealed that he had sold his watch to buy her combs.
It's a simple story, but pleasing in its circularity. O. Henry calls Della and Jim "two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest." A nice little lesson -- to be willing to sacrifice your greatest treasure for the joy of giving to the one you love. How many of us are so generous, or love so much?
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A true classic. Pictures are lovely, I bought it for a Christmas gift and wrote a personal message inside.Hopefully it will be saved and handed down to future generations.Published on July 20 2013 by laf
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