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VALENTINE’S DAY by Anne Rockwell

VALENTINE’S DAY

By Anne Rockwell (Author) , Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Dec. 31st, 2000
ISBN: 0-06-027794-7
Publisher: HarperCollins

This mother/daughter team returns to Mrs. Madoff’s serene classroom to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a very special way. Sam, one of the students, describes the valentines other class members are making for their friend Michiko, who is no longer in the class. Sam’s imaginative valentine, a top-hatted, heart-shaped face with keyboard mouth, and arms and legs of folded paper strips, precedes a childlike picture of their shared piano lesson. Nicholas remembers taking turns on the playground slide; Sarah, Michiko’s generosity at snack time; Charlie, watching an airplane with her; Jessica, their purchase together of bright blue sneakers. Facing each valentine is a picture of each creator and Michiko sharing the remembered activity. Some cards are more sophisticated than others—Evan’s graphic signature is an apt way to recall art class with his absent friend—but all are caring. Capping their efforts is a trip to the post office to mail their stuffed envelope and finally the opening of the class’s secret valentine box. Surprise! A valentine has arrived from Michiko, and it includes a picture of her with her grandparents in Japan. A plus is the front flap’s invitation to find the over 200 hearts used in the illustrations. Leave it to the Rockwells to find a new story for a commonplace event: a story with heart. (Picture book. 3-6)