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The Third Gift

From two extraordinary talents comes a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.


A boy is learning his father’s craft, recognising the trees that release valuable resin and gathering the round drops, which look almost like pearls. Or tears.

Today is a proud turning point for the boy. They have found a ‘tear’ of unusual size, big enough to fill his two hands. And in the marketplace, three strangers have their own surprising reason for wishing to buy the day’s harvest.

From an award-winning author and illustrator comes a moving tale of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event providing a window into a time some two thousand years ago.

The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas tradition. Newbery medallist Linda Sue Park has taken the brief biblical references to the three as the starting point for a new story. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline with exquisite paintings, this book brings new resonance to the well-known gift list of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Linda Sue Park, author of When My Name Was Keoko, A Long Walk to Water, A Single Shard, Xander's Panda Party, and The Third Gift

Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of A Single Shard, which was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal by the American Library Association in 2002, for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. She has written many other award-winning picture books and novels for young people. The daughter of immigrant parents, Ms. Park draws on her Korean ancestry for much of her work. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family.

Bagram Ibatoulline, illustrator of The Third Gift
Photo by Reading Group Choices

Bagram Ibatoulline

Bagram IbatoullIne was born in Russia and attended the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine art, graphic art, mural design and textile design, and has illustrated many books for children, including Kate DiCamillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. He lives in Chichester, New York.