Synopses & Reviews
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.
"...as sentimental as Christmas."
-- Publishers Weekly
"[B]eautifully wrought illustrations, delicate, uncluttered, and splendidly composed." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;iandgt;New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/iandgt;
"Lisbeth Zwerger's biting line and soft, evocative palette illuminate the characters with an aura of gaslit nobility, and burnish an antique until it shines." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt;
"...as sentimental as Christmas." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;
The classic holiday tale of love, devotion, and the art of giving--written by one of the world's best-known short-story authors--will delight those both new to and familiar with this timeless narrative.
This classic holiday tale of devotion and the art of giving--written by one of the worlds best-known short-story authors--is now fully illustrated with lush, watercolor drawings that add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.
About the Author
William Sydney Porterandmdash;later to be known as O. Henryandmdash;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. andlt;Iandgt;The Gift of the Magiandlt;/Iandgt; was written in 1906, four years before his death.andlt;bandgt;Lisbeth Zwergerandlt;/bandgt; was born in Vienna, where she later studied at the Academy of Art. Internationally renowned as one of the finest contemporary illustrators of children's literature, Zwerger chose andlt;Iandgt;The Gift of the Magiandlt;/iandgt; as the first American story she illustrated.