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New Christmas picture books of ethnic holiday traditions

Published: Saturday, Dec. 24 2011 11:09 a.m. MST

"The Third Gift," by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, Clarion, $16.99 (ages 6-9) Next » 2 of 4 « Prev
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A boy who assists the family with collecting sap from trees in the Arabian desert doesn’t realize its value when it is sold to three wanderers who, with the bundle of frankincense and gold, deliver it as a gift to a newborn baby. Bagram Ibatoulline’s iridescent paintings add beauty to a tender story. Newbery-medalist Linda Sue Park’s notes provide information on myrrh and her inspiration for this story.

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