The Third Gift by Linda Sue ParkThe Third Gift by Linda Sue Park

The Third Gift

byLinda Sue ParkIllustratorBagram Ibatoulline

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

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From two extraordinary talents, a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas tradition. Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park has taken the brief biblical references to the three as the starting point for a new story. In it we meet a boy who is learning his father's trade; a man who gathers resin from certain trees; a merchant in the marketplace; and three strangers in brightly colored robes who are shopping for a gift for a baby. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline with exquisite paintings, this simple, moving tale of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event brings new resonance to the well-known gift list of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Includes an author's note.
Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and bestseller A Long Walk to Water . She has written several acclaimed picture book texts. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. Visit her online at and on Twitter @LindaSuePark. Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Omsk, Russia...
Title:The Third GiftFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.5 × 9 × 0.45 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547201958

ISBN - 13:9780547201955


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park, Bagram Ibatoulline The illustrations are wonderful, completely invoking the desert atmosphere and the historical period. While this is not strictly religious (the text is told from the perspective of a young boy who obviously has no context of what is occurring), it is clear that this is a story that is a small part of the larger Nativity story. The author's note at the back of the book shines a more scholarly light on the book. I was definitely interested because, while I was raised Catholic, I never really considered the wise men or the origins of their gifts before. Due to the death implications (we learn that myrrh was used in funeral rites), I would not recommend this for young children. This might be best for elementary school-aged Sunday schools.
Date published: 2017-12-15

Editorial Reviews

Newbery Medalist Park's lean, well-paced story bridges the ordinary and the sacred to powerful effect."- Publishers Weekly, starred review "This gorgeous picture book sheds thoughtful light on a fascinating facet of the Christmas story."- School Library Journal "This is a beautiful book for giving and an excellent selection for sharing, both around the holidays and at any time of year." - Bulletin, starred review"