The Precious Present By Spencer Johnson Once there was a boy who listened to an old man. And, thus, began to learn about The precious Present â?oIt is a present because it is a gift,â? the contented man explained. And it is called The Precious Present, because it is the best present of all. When the boy asked why, the old man explained. â?oIt is the best present a person can receive because anyone who receives such a gift is happy forever.â? â?oWow!â? the little boy exclaimed. â?oI hope someone gives me The Precious Present. Maybe I â?~ll get it for Christmas.â? The boy ran off to play. And the old man smiled. He liked to watch the little boy play. He saw the smile on the youngsterâ?~s face And heard him laughing as he swung from a nearby tree. The boy was happy.