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by Nancy Poydar & illustrated by Nancy Poydar

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8234-1684-4
Publisher: Holiday House

When disaster strikes, Poydar’s spunky heroine uses a little ingenuity to save the day. Ruby’s favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day. While her classmates are in a frenzy of pre-holiday preparations, Ruby smugly announces that she made her valentines days ago. Not only did this red-heart diva create her own special notes for friends and family, she made up individual rhymes to accompany each card. In fact, after celebrating Valentine’s Day, rhyming is Ruby’s favorite occupation. However, her morning walk to school turns calamitous when a late winter storm propels wild winds through the city. “Wap, SNAP, went the bag. / Flutter, flutter, / went the paper valentines.” All seems lost until inspiration strikes as Ruby remembers some sweet treats her parents have given her and decides to share the pithily worded candy hearts with her friends. Poydar (The Perfectly Horrible Halloween, 2001, etc.) peppers her text with quirky word play as Ruby toys with language, exploring rhymes. Incorporated into her illustrations are an abundance of rhyming couplets printed on the valentines. By the end of the tale, the final lines on several valentines are obscured, allowing readers to make their own forays into rhyming. Poydar’s brilliantly hued illustrations perfectly match the jaunty tenor of the tale. Bustling pictures filled with a multicultural blend of students are cheerfully welcoming. Instructions are included for readers to do their own valentine crafts. (Picture book. 4-8)