"But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts, these two were the wisest, for theirs were the gifts of love." The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, pg. 22
It's Christmas Eve and Della has only $1.85 to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure, her long, glorious hair. This warm story of love, sacrifice, and generosity is a perfect addition to any Christmas collection--for adults or children.
This is a story you hear time and again at Christmas, but, to me, it really illustrates the joy of the season. Both Della and Jim gave up their most prized possession in order to get a gift to make the other happy.
There are many versions of this O. Henry story available, but I really enjoyed Jody Wheeler's illustrations in this version. They are both simple and beautiful.
I feel like this is a story my more soft-hearted students will fall in love with.
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