Monday, December 21, 2009
Good and Perfect Gifts
This retelling is faithful to that idea, but the husband and wife live in a trailer in a small Southern town. They are poor, but love each other very much. The wife sells her mama's quilt to buy her husband a tool chest while the husband sells his tools to buy his wife a chest for her mama's quilt. In the end, the wife remembers a passage from the Bible: Every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17) and is happy that they have each other, that Christmas is not about the gifts but who you spend it with.
It was a very cute book and the pictures look like wood carvings. I liked the illustrations, but found the attempt at relating the accent awkward. I thought the Southern twist very fun and a great way to update the story. The Gift of the Magi has always been one of my favorites and I enjoyed this version of it.