Ruby Valentine Saves the Dayby Laurie Friedman
Lesley Morrison (Vancouver, Canada) has studied animals within religious, spiritual, and multicultural frameworks for over fifteen years. She is also an avid bird watcher and wildlife rescuer.
Meet the Author
Laurie Friedman is the author of many award-winning books for children. She writes the popular Mallory books, a series of chapter books for 7-10 year olds. Critics have praised the Mallory books, saying that Mallory deserves a place beside Judy Moody, Amber Brown, and Junie B. Jones. Laurie is also the author of numerous picture books including Love Ruby Valentine; I'm Not Afraid of this Haunted House; and Thanksgiving Rules. Laurie lives in Miami with her husband, two children, and her dog, Ollie.
Lynne Avril grew up in Montana, but she has lived in Arizona for a long time. Lynne knew she would always be an artist, but when she was younger her other passion was for horses. As an adult, her other passion is playing the bass in blues bands. Lynne received a BA in Art from the University of Montana in Missoula, got married, has two grown children, and likes to spend as much time as possible in Paris, France.
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Ruby Valentine lived high on a hill just beyond Heartland with her beautiful cockatoo named Lovebird. Their little chalet, complete with a heart-shaped door and windows, was the perfect place for them to have a special party. Of course it wasn't hard to guess that their favorite day of the year was none other than Valentine's Day. Ruby and Lovebird hadn't even unpacked all their moving boxes, but it was time to sit down, design some invitations and get ready to throw a party. The invitations were blissfully gorgeous and the envelopes even had special love stamps in the corner. When the mailman wheeled off on his bicycle with all the invitations, Ruby "hugged Lovebird with affection" and exclaimed that "they'd plan this party to perfection." Lovebird helped to hang the pretty pink and white dotted, lace curtains in the window and scribity scrubbed the floors clean by putting brushes on his claws. Ruby and Lovebird painted the walls (pink of course) and "they began to bake and cooked." Ruby did the mixing while Lovebird read the directions. When the inside was tidy and bright the pair put on their scarfs and went outside to tidy up the yard. The goody bags were filled, the gifts were wrapped, and the pink crepe paper was hung. Kiss, kiss, nighty night. Everything was just perfect, but when they woke up snow had blanketed the Valentine chalet. Were Ruby and Lovebird going to have their special party or were they going to have to wait until next year to celebrate? This delightful tale of Ruby Valentine's most special Valentine's Day ever will charm the reader. Everyone has a favorite holiday, but some people like Ruby simply love to "do it up big." I loved the aura of excitement that just oozed from the pages and felt Ruby and Lovebird's disappointment when the temperature began to dip and surprised them with an unexpected snowstorm. The artwork was nothing short of darling and had an aura of happiness and joy oozing from every page. Quill says: If your special holiday is when you find yourself folding paper and cutting out hearts (or even if it isn't), you're going to love this book!
We picked this book up from our local library. Loved the illustrations, the story and the rhyming. And it was a perfect read on Valentine's Day. You have Ruby who loves Valentine's Day and when she moves to the top of a mountain she wants to throw a party! Which is such a cool idea that is until a snowstorm hits. But what she does to turn around the bad luck is pretty cool, and the message at the end where we learn that it is better to be surrounded by people you love that is a terrific message to give out. K enjoyed the story overall and the talking bird was his favorite.
Ruby Valentine Saves The Day is the delightful tale of a young lady who organizes the most perfect Valentines Day party for the townspeople of Heartland. Ruby cleans the house, makes invitations and decorations, she gets everything ready for the big day. However, not everything in life can be controlled as Ruby soon learns when a huge snowstorm comes and puts a damper on her special day. With colourful and charming illustrations and a rhyming, sing-song like feel to the words, this book is sure to be a favourite among the little girls in your life. Value lessons include, realizing that not everything turns out as planned, so sometimes you have to bend with it and make the most out of what life deals to you. Even though Ruby's original plans did not work out, she, along with Lovebird, realize that every moment with the people you love, is a celebration. SYNOPSIS: Ruby's favorite day of the year rolls around again, and she and Lovebird work feverishly to plan the perfect party for everyone in Heartland. But when Valentine's Day arrives, an unexpected snowstorm threatens to ruin all of Ruby's plans. Will Ruby find a way to save the day, or will everyone in Heartland have to wait until next year to celebrate?