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The Gift of Myrrh from The Wise Man

December 19, 2011

The Third Gift
written by Mary Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Clarion Books, 2011
picture book

Newbery author, Linda Sue Park, tells us the story of a boy who follows his father in order to learn his trade. The trade? Gathering resin, myrrh, from the correct trees.

One day, three strangers in brightly colored robes, ask to see his father’s “tears” of myrrh, they’re searching for the third gift for a special baby. A special baby who they’ve traveled far to meet. Can you guess the other gifts the men already have? Gold and frankincense.

The earth-colored, realistic illustrations capture the tender relationship between father and son. When we discover their importance in a larger historical story, we’re even more captivated. The story ends as the wise men near Judea on their camels.

Beautiful.

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