Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

Every year at Christmastime, we carry this book in our Kid's Department, and it's always on the big display of Christmas books for kids.  And every year, I stop, stare, pick it up, and glance through it.  I have always loved the story of the young couple who are so poor that she cuts off her locks to buy him a present, and he sells his watch to buy her combs for her hair.  The illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger for this particular edition are just breathtaking:

They are simply done, but so elegant in their simplicity, that the story shines through.  This book sells every Christmas, as a testament to the tale of true love, and the stunning illustrations.  If you have not seen this classic Christmas tale as a picture book, look for it in your local library, or at your local bookstore.  It's a keeper.  Fortunately for me, I cut my hair off years ago, and Bud doesn't wear a pocket watch.  But I know I would sell my last book if it was all I had to buy a gift for him.  And I suspect he would do the same for me.  That's the magic of this tale and a reminder of the wonder of Christmas.


  1. beautiful review, i love love love this story... i remember this as a little girl, it has stayed with me forever. the book looks gorgeous...

    i hope you join in for food for thought in dec, nothing but holiday books every saturday. you can share pics of anything. grab your brush and a watch, snap a pic and share :) with you booksmart i am sure you can share so many titles with us...

  2. I will certainly try! Almost done with nanowrimo, then I can concentrate on books again.

  3. Thank you for putting up your favorite books of 2010.....I can't wait to read them:)

  4. I am so happy bud is such a good supporter, you deserve it!