The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline is a WOW book for me. I had no idea it was associated with Christmas until the very end. It is beautifully illustrated and written, a lovely story. Linda Sue Park is one of my favorite authors, this is by far her best written story that has been in picture book form.
The illustrations were executed in acrylic-gouache. The muted colors help give a somber feel to the story. The facial features almost appear to be a photograph, so realistic. I can not wait to share this story with my nieces. They are the perfect age for this story, 7 & 8; Christmas is still a wonder and joy.