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#67121 in Books Candlewick Press 2008-09-09 2008-09-09Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 9.33 x .41 x 7.93l, .75 #File Name: 076363530840 pages | File size: 28.Mb O. Henry : The Gift of the Magi before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Gift of the Magi: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisestBy John P. Jones IIIIt is that time of year again to do mellow. Traditionally at Christmas I have posted a review of one of the childrens books in French that I once read to my kids in the days of yore. But I have run out of those books, and am not purchasing any more until the grandkids arrive So, I recalled one from my own youth. Admittedly, I had never read this before, and only saw the movie, faithfully shown on TV at Christmas, but thanks to Kindle I was able to read it in much less time than watching the movie.O. Henry was an American short story writer who lived from 1862 to 1910, and alas drank himself to death. This is his most popular story, and it has endlessly been produced, modified and even parodied. Mrs. James Dillingham Young, more commonly called Della, has scrimped and saved, and bargained hard with merchants, but only has a $1.87 to show for it, and she needs $21 to buy the watch chain for her husbands most prized position: an inherited gold watch.. She decides to sell her most prized position, her luxuriant long hair, and secures 20 bucks. Meanwhile, her husband is on the same wavelength and it does not require much imagination to


guess the actions he undertakes to obtain a valued gift for his wife. Each sacrifices what is most precious to them for the other, negating the utility, but not the meaning of their sacrifice.In the written version of the story, O. Henry provided the following anti-brand statement, long before brands became a dominant consideration: properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation as all good things should do. A straightforward Christmas tale on that ever so elusive true meaning thereof: 4-stars.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Read this at least once a year!By ChloeI read The Gift of the Magi as a child, then adolescent, and adult. During three years while I lived in NYC, I went into Pete's Tavern and sat in the booth where O. Henry (William S Porter) wrote the short story, and just relaxed while my imagination ran wild.One of the greatest short story writers ever, O. Henry knew how to write about ordinary people to make them seem extraordinary. In GIFT, we are not told this young, happy couple lives in a tenement building, we are shown it in details. I loved how Della has to hang out her long hair to get it dry.A lesson about what true gift giving is all about. I've read this to my daughter and granddaughters, and we all believe this is one of the greatest tales ever written. Many struggle to exist in today's iffy economy, yet you can only hope a sense of humor remains and love deepens due to not spending a fortune on gifts, yet giving from the heart and being able to laugh no matter the outcome.Although I believe everyone knows the end of this story, I won't insert a spoiler, but I will ask that you re-read this short, especially the ending line. A tragic mix up, so filled with beautiful sentiment, it will bring a tear to the eye while bringing a smile to your heart. Be as wise as a Magi0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A nice addition that bespoke of your consideration for your customers ...By CustomerI want to thank you for not only a very quick turn around and received my book so quickly, but also for the consideration the addition of the leaflet with information regarding the history of the author of the book, a veritable font of information! A nice addition that bespoke of your consideration for your customers and of course the books and their authors. BRAVO !! I also thank you for my beautiful book, although used and very reasonable in price is almost in perfect condition even at 29 years old. The binder was unbroken; the cover without scratches or gouging; pages although being aged were clean, uncreased, totally undamaged; really a collectors gem !!! I suspect that I am actually at the better end of our deal. So, I HAD to write this review as a testament to your respect for the books you sell, their writers, as well as your customers who desire these gems from the past. I pray that books are never replaced by ebooks, although evooks they have their place and usefulness, but I have definitely become a grateful collector of these books, of whom some are no longer available anywhere else nor being published, and it would be a terrible shame if they end up fading away into obscurity, unable to be appreciated by the new generations to come. Many thanks. C. Grant-Olson O. Henry's classic tale of the wisest gifts of Christmas, brought to life by P.J. Lynch's extraordinary art, is itself a gift to share and treasure.In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside. The poignancy of his story is captured in P.J. Lynch's eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth. From Publishers WeeklyO. Henry's classic tale of Della and Jim, the struggling newlyweds so anxious to give each other a Christmas gift that each sells the one thing the other holds most dear, receives an oddly lifeless treatment here. Heyer's meticulously detailed illustrations are pretty but stilted; the characters look like mannequins. The rueful Jim fares better than poor prematurely middle-aged Della, who at times looks more like his mother than his wife. Still, the story is as touching as ever, and neither time nor mediocre artwork can dim its glory. All ages. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.From School Library JournalGrade 5 UpAn illustrated, unabridged version of the classic short story in which a young husband and wife each, unbeknownst to the other, gives up a most treasured possession to buy the other a wonderful gift. The gifts, of course, are useless as a result, but the couple's love is presumably all the stronger. The sepia-toned watercolors have an authentic period look; the details present in the New York City street scenes and the couple's rather shabby apartment add a strong feeling of time and place to the story. Very different in style from Lisbeth Zwerger's lovely and delicate version (S S, 2006), this is a fine choice for libraries needing another illustrated edition of this Christmas tale.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From Library JournalWilliam Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, is one of the most beloved American short story writers. Porter led a very interesting and colorful life in which he had many different jobs including pharmacist, reporter, cartoonist, cattle roper, and sheep shearer. A Life in Stories is hosted by Ronald Rezac and features James Thomas (English, Pepperdine Univ.). Porter's life was so colorful that it is difficult not to make it fascinating. Yet this video does just that. The film tries to create the atmosphere of a fireside chat. Unfortunately, this leaves viewers feeling as if they are being told a story rather than being presented with documented factual information. Even more unfortunate, this is the best of the three volumes in


the set. The productions of the two stories, his most popular and well loved, are so poorly adapted (by director Scott Mansfield) and acted and so completely devoid of any sense of life that they fail to entertain or to express O. Henry's humanity and profound sympathy for his characters. The writing, also by Mansfield, is particularly annoying. In "The Last Leaf," there is a hint that the two women in the story are man-hating lesbians, and in "The Gift of the Magi," which is set at the turn of the century, the young man uses something very similar to the phrase "You had me going there for a minute." Need I say more? Not recommended.Julia Stump, Voorheesville P.L., NY Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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