THE GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. Henry

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

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Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The beloved short story first published in 1906 is presented in an attractive edition with full-color illustrations that bring the sentimental story of the young couple to life. Jim and Della live in a furnished flat in New York City, scraping by on a minimal income early in their marriage. At Christmastime, Della sells her beautiful, long hair for money to buy Jim a platinum pocket-watch chain. On the same day, Jim sells his heirloom pocket watch to buy a set of hair combs that Della has admired. Their Christmas gifts are compromised, but they realize they have the best gift of all—each other. The story is a period piece, with lengthy sentences, some old-fashioned vocabulary and asides to the reader from the omniscient narrator. Lynch’s gentle illustrations help make the story accessible to today’s readers, providing historical context in settings, costumes and the accoutrements of the era, as well as believable characterizations of the young couple. The text is printed on sepia-toned backgrounds that extend the antique flavor of the narrative. (Picture book. 10 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3530-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2008




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