Clifford's Valentine's Day (Clifford Series)

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Spend Valentine's Day with your favorite Big Red Dog. Two bestselling Clifford stories and valentine cards--all in one book!

Clifford loves Valentine's Day! This book includes two bestselling Clifford stories: CLIFFORD'S FIRST VALENTINE'S DAY and CLIFFORD, WE LOVE YOU.

Share in the funny adventures of Clifford's first Valentine's Day with Emily Elizabeth. Then read what happens when Clifford is feeling sad. ...

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Overview


Spend Valentine's Day with your favorite Big Red Dog. Two bestselling Clifford stories and valentine cards--all in one book!

Clifford loves Valentine's Day! This book includes two bestselling Clifford stories: CLIFFORD'S FIRST VALENTINE'S DAY and CLIFFORD, WE LOVE YOU.

Share in the funny adventures of Clifford's first Valentine's Day with Emily Elizabeth. Then read what happens when Clifford is feeling sad. All his friends find a way to show how much they love him!

This book also includes six valentine cards to share with friends! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  • Norman Bridwell
    Norman Bridwell  

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Two previously published stories, Clifford's First Valentine and Clifford, We Love You, have been repackaged into this book, which includes six punch-out Valentines and a song on the last page, "It's Clifford." When Clifford was a puppy, he found some unusual ways of helping Emily Elizabeth get ready for Valentine's Day. He used his teeth to nibble out the heart-shaped valentines, but when he got paste all over his paws, it made for a very sticky mess. Emily Elizabeth persevered and she and Clifford made a nice valentine for Grandma which she promptly decided to mail. Then the adventure begins with puppy Clifford falling down the mail chute, but of course he is eventually rescued. In the second story, Clifford is down in the dumps and neither food, playing games, nor flowers seem to cheer him up. Emily Elizabeth comes up with a great idea and you can join in and sing her cheery song too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439906678
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Clifford 8x8 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Bridwell

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, MA with his wife Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

Biography

Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, Norman Bridwell was always drawing. "I was not good at sports and my high school shop teacher, after a few days of class, took my tools away, telling me 'Here's a pad of paper instead. You seem to like to draw: stick to that,'" Bridwell remembers. But not everyone believed his drawings or writing would someday delight millions of children (and parents and teachers) around the world, a point he likes to stress when he visits schools, something which he does frequently. "I always liked to draw," Bridwell tells children, "but I was never considered very good. In school there was always someone better than me; the art teacher always liked their work better than mine. Teachers didn't like my writing either."

After high school, Bridwell wanted to turn his love of drawing into a career. He studied first at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and then moved to New York, where he took classes at another art school, Cooper Union, for two years. He then went to work as a commercial artist. It was in 1962 while he was working as a freelance filmstrip and slide illustrator and drawing mostly cartoons that Bridwell decided to put together a portfolio of colorful drawings and make the rounds of children's book publishers. Now married, with an infant daughter -- Emily -- he was hoping to supplement his income with some extra work illustrating books.

Bridwell visited about fifteen publishing houses but there were no assignments to be had, and even worse, seemingly little hope for any in the future. One editor at Harper & Row went so far as to tell Bridwell that his art by itself was just not good enough, and she didn't think anybody would ask him to illustrate a book for them. But amazingly enough, she also made the suggestion that helped bring him the phenomenal success he enjoys today. She advised him to write a story to go along with one of his pictures. She picked out his sketch of a baby girl and a horse-sized bloodhound and casually said, "There might be a story in this," Bridwell remembers.

He wasted no time in taking her advice, but he did decide to make the bloodhound even bigger and more of an "all-around" dog -- much like the dog he had wanted as a little boy, one that he could ride and who would be a fun companion. Bridwell remembers speaking to the editor on a Friday, and "By Monday, I had done this little book about a girl and her dog," he says.

Now all he needed were names for his characters. "I wanted to call the dog 'Tiny,' but Norma (his wife) said that was boring and suggested 'Clifford' after an imaginary friend from her childhood," Bridwell says. The little girl's name, however, was easy. Bridwell named her Emily Elizabeth, after his young daughter. He dropped off his drawings and manuscript at Scholastic and tried not to expect anything. Three weeks later the phone rang. Scholastic wanted to publish Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Despite his (and Clifford's) success, Bridwell, like anyone who does anything creative, still can't always predict how others will respond to his work. In just a few hours on the night before he was to meet with his editor about a Clifford book that he had worked on for many weeks, Bridwell drew some sketches and put together the text for what would become one of his most popular books, The Witch Next Door. Bridwell thought he was just bringing along something extra, but The Witch Next Door, about a kindly witch and her friendship with her two young neighbors, was accepted for publication while the Clifford book was rejected. "That's the way it goes," Bridwell says, calling The Witch Next Door a "happy accident."

But what he has obviously learned and what he tries to stress to young writers is that rejection is not a reason to give up. "Sometimes you'll do something that you really like and no one else does. You'll feel terrible, but you've just got to press on and keep trying. If you like doing it and keep working at it, then someday you will succeed."

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    1. Hometown:
      Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 15, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kokomo, Indiana
    1. Education:
      John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Cute Story

    Fun Story To Read With Children For Valentine's Day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Yeah for Clifford!

    Clifford is perfect for pre-schoolers. My son actually learned to read (at age 3) after my reading him the Clifford books (could read the same words elsewhere) and now I am buying them for his son, my grandson, who apparently is also starting to read words at almost age 3.He loves these books as much as his daddy did.Thank you Clifford.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Cute Story

    My two year old daughter chose this book. I didn't even know she knew who Clifford was. It is a cute story and a fast read. It holds her attention. We have read it a 100 times since we bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Clifford is a favorite!

    I read Clifford books for my children and now enjoy reading them with my grandsons.

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