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2011 Award
The Third Gift
( by Linda Sue Park/ illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Clarion $16.99 Score: )

Out in the desert a boy is learning his fathers craft of finding "tears" in the twisted trees. He is leaving how to collect these "tears" of sap that are filled with resin that can be sold in the market for medicine and soothing the skin. In this mysterious and hauntingly beautiful story set more than 2,000 years ago, the boy and his father arrive in the market as three men were searching for one special gift they would take with them to a special child. Unlike any other stories of the Magi, this one sneaks up and surprises. It is rather a darker tale than most as we learn that the Third Gift is also used for funerals to cleanse the departed and burn as a scent. The big resin tear found by the boy was also a gift to celebrate a birth--they were to become the gift of Myrrh brought with the gold and frankincense. The art work is in graceful harmony with the quiet telling of a memorable story.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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