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The Gift of the Magi Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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In a world where every holiday (especially Christmas) has been commercialized this book is a symbol of the true meaning of giving. Before you get lost in the hustle and bustle (or if you unfortunately already have) do yourself and your loved ones a favor and pick up this book. It's a great gift for children of all ages and adults too. This is a gift from the heart to give at Christmas.
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Jim and Della Young are a wretchedly poor young married couple. Della has just $1.87 to buy a Christmas gift for Jim and between them they have precious little of any value:
Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim's gold watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's. The other was Della's hair. Had the Queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out of the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy.
Well, you either know the rest or else I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. Suffice it to say that O. Henry leaves us with the following thought:
The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men-who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.Read more ›
This short story is a classic, an unforgettable tale. All that Della had was $1.87, for she and her husband Jim were very poor, and the next day was Christmas. What could she get for her Jim? All she had beside the $1.87 was her love for Jim and his love for her, and her long beautiful hair. All he had was the love and a watch which belonged to his father and before that to his grandfather. Unable to do anything else, she sells her hair for $20 and buys Jim a beautiful watch chain for his beautiful watch. What happens next is, as I said, unforgettable. Even if you know the end, you will want to read it again, for O. Henry knew how to write.
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I love this book. It is one of those books that make you have warm fuzzies. Read it. You won't bde disappointed.Published 19 days ago by Hayley Shaver author of Gaia's Beings
An old classic tale, but I am glad I waited to own it until this beautiful copy was made. I am a huge fan of this illustrator and have a few of his children's books. Well worth it!Published 26 days ago by momof2
Short and sweet. Shows deep concern, love and respect for others.Published 29 days ago by M R Molinar
I had a fabulous version of this story that my mom would pull out at Christmas time for us to read. I bought this version for my classroom, but the language is not adapted well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Stephens
Great classic book. Loved this as a child so when I saw it for free for my Kindle I wanted to get it. Great message for any age.Published 2 months ago by Abby