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Henry and the Valentine Surprise
     

Henry and the Valentine Surprise

by Nancy Carlson
 

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Just before Valentine's Day, Henry and his classmates discover a heart-shaped box on their teacher Mr. McCarthy's desk. Who's it for? As the students spy on Mr. McCarthy, they see him talking to the playground monitor, smiling at the lunch lady, and eating with the French teacher! How many girlfriends does Mr. McCarthy have? When Henry finally asks Mr. McCarthy

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Just before Valentine's Day, Henry and his classmates discover a heart-shaped box on their teacher Mr. McCarthy's desk. Who's it for? As the students spy on Mr. McCarthy, they see him talking to the playground monitor, smiling at the lunch lady, and eating with the French teacher! How many girlfriends does Mr. McCarthy have? When Henry finally asks Mr. McCarthy just who that heart-shaped box is for-the class gets a big surprise!

Nancy Carlson's humorous text and candy-colored illustrations showcase just how sweet Valentine's Day can be.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

As Valentine's Day approaches, Henry, a mouse, and his animal classmates notice a beautifully wrapped, heart-shaped package on their teacher's desk, and they wonder if Mr. McCarthy has a girlfriend. The students spy on him as he talks to the playground monitor at recess, gets an extra tuna melt from the cafeteria lady, and lunches with the French teacher. They decide that their teacher has many girlfriends. Told with mounting suspense, this mystery has a delightful and satisfying conclusion. Brightly colored comic illustrations portray the excitement at school as the special day approaches.-Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY

Kirkus Reviews
When Henry and his classmates find a heart-shaped box on Mr. McCarthy's desk, Sydney wonders whether "Mr. McCarthy has a girlfriend." Nonsense, according to Henry: "Teachers don't have girlfriends. They never leave school." Nevertheless, the students keep an eye on him as he chats with the playground monitor, accepts an extra tuna melt from the lunch lady and eats it with the French teacher-egad! It will surprise no one to learn that the box is for the students, but the final frame does provide a visual hint as to Mr. McCarthy's private life. Carlson's familiar characters provide a sweetly thought-provoking Valentine interlude for the early-elementary set. (Picture book. 5-8)
From the Publisher
-Carlson+s familiar characters provide a sweetly thought-provoking Valentine interlude for the early-elementary set.+ -Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142416822
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/23/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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-Carlson+s familiar characters provide a sweetly thought-provoking Valentine interlude for the early-elementary set.+ -Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Nancy Carlson has published over sixty books for children. She is one of the few people who knew even back in kindergarten what she wanted to do for a living: make pictures and tell stories! Her books have been Reading Rainbow selections, she won the Children's Choice Award from IRA and CBC, and she won the Minnesota Children's Museum Great Friends to Kids Award. She lives with her family in Minnesota.

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