The Third Gift

The Third Gift

By Linda Sue Park; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547201955, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 2011


From two extraordinary talents, a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.

The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas tradition. Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park has taken the brief biblical references to the three as the starting point for a new story. In it we meet a boy who is learning his father's trade; a man who gathers resin from certain trees; a merchant in the marketplace; and three strangers in brightly colored robes who are shopping for a gift for a baby. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline with exquisite paintings, this simple, moving tale of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event brings new resonance to the well-known gift list of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. "Includes an author's note.

About the Author
Linda Sue Park, recipient of the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard, is the bestselling author of many books for young readers, including picture books, poetry, and historical and contemporary fiction. Born in Illinois, Ms. Park has also lived in California, England, and Ireland. She and her husband, a journalist, now live in Rochester, New York, and have two grown children. Learn more at

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Omsk, Russia, and attended the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design, and is adept at painting in different styles. This is hisfirst book for Clarion. He lives in Chichester, New York.

Praise For The Third Gift

"Newbery Medalist Park’s lean, well-paced story bridges the ordinary and the sacred to powerful effect."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This gorgeous picture book sheds thoughtful light on a fascinating facet of the Christmas story."-School Library Journal

"This is a beautiful book for giving and an excellent selection for sharing, both around the holidays and at any time of year."--Bulletin, starred review