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Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award 2009.
Della has saved for months to buy the perfect gift for her beloved husband, Jim. But $1.87 is the miserable sum of her efforts, and it’s now Christmas Eve. There is only one thing left to do: sell her most treasured possession, her beautiful knee-length hair. But when Jim returns home he is aghast – his gift for her is the tortoiseshell combs she has coveted for so long! And to buy them he has sold his precious gold pocket-watch … for which Della has just sacrificed her hair to buy a perfect platinum chain!
|Publication date:||6th October 2008|
|Illustrator:||P. J. Lynch|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
O. Henry was the pen-name of William Sydney Porter. He was born on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a child, he was always reading. He read everything from classics to dime novels. His favourite reading was One Thousand and One Nights.In 1879, he started working as a bookkeeper in his uncle's drugstore and in 1881, at the age of nineteen, he was licensed as a pharmacist. At the drugstore, he also showed off his natural artistic talents by sketching the townsfolk. Henry's most prolific writing period started in 1902, when he moved to New York City. While there, he wrote 381 short ...More About O Henry