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Posted: Nov 17 2011 at 3:48am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

                   Really excited about this new book. Always on the lookout for the best new Christmas books each year. Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona's Gift that Jenn has recommended is a great addition for 2011.

I'd like to add this one I just read today - hot off the presses with a November publication:

The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park (author of another great picture book - The Firekeeper's Son)

Keywords: magi, wisemen, Christmas, Epiphany, myrrh, merchant, burial

Using the biblical texts regarding the gifts of the wisemen as starting reference, Parks develops a fictional story of them acquiring the myrrh. Doesn't take place at the nativiy but is a precursor story - with the magi traveling through a marketplace looking for the third gift to take to the baby King. Most of the book shares the story of a young boy and his father, who gathers and sells the resin myrrh - called "tears". The boy is learning the trade from his father, who is the best collector. The illustrations are beautiful; really feel authentic to the region and time. Great way to learn all about where myrrh comes from, how it is collected, what it was used for, while giving a little glimpse into the possible life of those living in the middle east at that time. It is an engaging story of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event. Has fairly extensive author notes that give more info on myrrh and the biblical references.

Super excited about this - many rabbit trails could be made off this book...

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Posted: Nov 17 2011 at 6:33am | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

Looks like a good one, Mary. I like the story line- a different approach.
Off to see what my options are for getting a look at it!

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Posted: Nov 17 2011 at 7:50am | IP Logged Quote jawgee

Oh, we love The Firekeeper's Son. This book looks great!


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Posted: Nov 17 2011 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Goody! My library has it! Can't wait to see it!
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Posted: Nov 18 2011 at 12:04am | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

Ohhhhhh....looks great, Mary!

And, it's the same illustrator (Bagram Ibatoulline) as The First Christmas Stocking!!!!!! , Hana in the Time of Tulips, Mr. Lincoln's Boys, Adventures of Marco Polo, and others! Love this illustrator!

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Posted: Jan 03 2012 at 7:06am | IP Logged Quote setonmom

I just got this from my library and love it. Just beautiful. Also, I love the relationship between the father and the son in the story.
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