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The Miracle of the Myrrh
Written by Marci Alborghetti
Illustrated by Hervé Blondon


Midwest Book Review, 3/1/2001
“Marci Alborghetti grew up in a family where Christmas was a celebration that lasted from the first week in December to Three Kings Day. She always wondered what happened to the fabled gifts of the Magi, so one Christmas season she wrote The Miracle Of The Myrrh to answer this timeless question from two thousand years ago. Award-winning French artist Herve Blondon richly illustrates Alborghetti's original, entertaining, and highly recommended picturebook story of a grown-up Drummer Boy, his son, and the fate of the frankincense, gold and myrrh.”


Publishers Weekly, 9/25/2000
"With appropriate reverence, Alborghetti moves beyond traditional holiday fare and imagines what became of the gifts of the Magi. The little drummer boy is a father now, and his crippled son, Mendel, is a favorite of Mary, mother of Jesus. She presents Mendel with the frankincense, gold, and myrrh that once belonged to Jesus. Mendel selflessly shares his treasures and is rewarded with a miracle. . . . Blondon's artwork sets just the right mood. His stylized, chiseled figures look as if they were sculpted from warm columns of sand; his stark, earth-toned scenes evoke the biblical Mideast."


Winston-Salem Journal, 12/20/2000
“In a creative story combining bits of the Drummer Boy story with the gifts left behind by the Magi, Marci Alborghetti tells the tale of Jesus' mother Mary giving the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the lame son of the grown-up drummer boy . . . Mary tells the young boy to use the gifts wisely, a responsibility the boy, Mendel, takes seriously.

Children will be surprised at how the thoughtful child Mendel shares the gifts, and even though the story has no real basis in fact, it offers pause for wonder. The shiny illustrations, painted in muted colors, hover around the edges of the pages as Mendel finds the perfect recipient for each gift.”



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