Monday 2 January 2012

2. The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park and Bagram Ibatoulline

The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park & Bagram Ibatoulline
Published November 2011, UQP

From the publisher:

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.

This is a Christmas book with a difference.  Even though for most of us Christmas is already a distant memory, you have to go out and get your hands on this book.  I can't say too much about it, without giving anything away, but what I can say is that it is gorgeous and has that "Ah!" factor that everyone I know who has read it experiences. 
Linda Sue Park is an excellent storyteller and Bagram's illustrations are luminous.

Who will like this book: Anyone Age 7 - Adult
Read it if you like: Beautiful picture books

1 comment:

  1. I love this book - fantastic christmas present and I thought the father/son relationship in the book was beautiful too.