Linda Sue Park
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline 2011
Curious about the origin of myrrh, author Linda Sue Park has crafted a story about a boy and his father who harvest the resin "tears" from the myrrh trees in the desert. One day they are sold to three strangers who tell the boy that they will be a gift for a baby. Park writes about the historical tradition of the three wise men and says this about her simple story, "I love thinking about the roles of ordinary people in history's great events."