The Gift of the Magi (Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger)

The Gift of the Magi (Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger)


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One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure—her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689817014
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 10/01/1997
Series: Aladdin Picture Books Series
Edition description: Repackage
Pages: 26
Sales rank: 64,187
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Lisbeth Zwerger has been accorded nearly every prize that can be given, including the highest international award for lifetime achievement, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Since 1981 she has devoted her extraordinary talents to children’s literature, to stories as charming and picturesque as her native Vienna. Always surprising, always engaging, her artwork combines technical mastery with an insight and gentleness so rare and captivating that she has been correctly called one of the finest illustrators of the twentieth century.

William Sydney Porter—later to be known as O. Henry—was born in North Carolina in 1862. Known for his surprise endings and ability to capture the hope and pathos of ordinary people, Henry is best remembered for his stories about New York City. The Gift of the Magi was written in 1906, four years before his death.

Customer Reviews

The Gift of the Magi (Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
m.s.h.y on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book has short five story.Every story is interesting. Of cause,my favorite story is the gift.......This story is about love.I think the auther want to tell us love is more important than money.It is simple, but in fact we don't undersrand.This book gave me the chance I think it.I want to read this.
kimbrady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lisbeth Zwerger illustrates O. Henry's classic tale of a young couples' sacrifices in finding perfect Christmas gifts for each other. It is a touching story about love and unselfishness, and especially relevant during the Christmas season. Zwerger's illustrations are incredibly soft and flowing without sacrificing detail, bringing new dimension to this familiar story. Although a picture book, the thought provoking themes of the story make this more appropriate for upper elementary and older. I would recommend this as a good addition to a school library or public children's collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Gift Of The Magi was one of the greatest book I ever read. It touched me to see a couple give up their most valuable objects that they owned for love.