Dec. 21, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available for checkout at the Portales Public Library:

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.”
So begins O. Henry’s heartwarming Christmas story, which has just been re-issued in a gorgeous picture book edition, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Lynch brings to life O. Henry’s beloved characters, from Della’s flowing locks to Jim’s worn-out overcoat. The watercolor illustrations are full of warm, golden tones, giving O. Henry’s unabridged text an old fashioned, nostalgic feel. The character’s faces are vividly portrayed, capturing every emotion from Della’s pure delight at finding the perfect gift for her husband to Jim’s shocking realization in O. Henry’s famous twist at the end of the story. At this time of year when consumerism is at its highest frenzy, why not share this classic story of love, sacrifice, and true giving with your friends and family.

Deck the Halls illustrated by Norman Rockwell
This traditional Christmas carol is available in a new edition paired with special holiday illustrations by the favorite American illustrator, Norman Rockwell. No one captured the magic of everyday life quite like Mr. Rockwell, and these paintings are no exception. Whether it is a little girl sitting at the top of the steps watching the grown-up celebrations or a group of children chasing down a postman overloaded with packages, adults and children alike will delight in the magic and wonder of the season as envisioned by Norman Rockwell.