Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

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by Robert Sabuda
     
 

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In ancient Rome there lived a gentle and humble man named Valentine. He was a physician, but he was also a Christian priest whose life and freedom were in constant danger in a city of people who believed in so many gods, not just one. So Valentine tended to his patients in the daytime, but he prayed for them only at night.

One day a jailer from the emperor's

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In ancient Rome there lived a gentle and humble man named Valentine. He was a physician, but he was also a Christian priest whose life and freedom were in constant danger in a city of people who believed in so many gods, not just one. So Valentine tended to his patients in the daytime, but he prayed for them only at night.

One day a jailer from the emperor's prison appeared at Valentine's door with his small child, a girl who was blind. Knowing the difficulty of curing blindness, Valentine vowed to do his best, and over the weeks of treatment and prayer the three became fast friends. But even his friendship with the jailer could not save Valentine when the Roman soldier came to imprison him.

Here, accompanied by Robert Shabuda's dramatic mosaics evoking the time period in which the story takes place, is the story of a man whose goodness and faith brought about a miracle, and whose name lives on today in one of our most celebrated holidays.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stunning mosaics crafted from marbleized and hand-painted paper depict this legend of Valentine, a humble Roman physician and "priest of the Christians'' whose patients include a jailer's blind daughter. Recognizing the danger of praying to a single god (rather than to the numerous gods most Romans worship), Valentine prays for his patients only at night, but he is eventually imprisoned. Aware of his fate, he writes to the jailer's daughter, who receives her sight when a crocus drops into her hand from the scroll her father reads is "from your Valentine.'' The book's matter-of-fact narrative (some explanations are simplified for the intended audience) rightly points the reader's attention to Sabuda's intricately conceived mosaics. The marbleized paper creates subtle textures and shading, while vertical illustrations exude drama and compassion. Sabuda extends his mosaic motif onto the white space by constantly expanding and fragmenting it with full-page illustrations; tall, rectangular frames; patterned border strips and blocks of type. The resulting interplay of geometric shapes and color lends an especially appropriate classical appearance to this singular work. Ages 6-9. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
We hear about St. Valentine's Day all our lives, but few people know much about the man who the holiday is named for. This thoughtful and touching book tells the story of Valentine the man. He was a Roman physician who used herbal medicine to heal people and who defied the Roman government by worshipping a single god. This book tells the story of how he cured a child's blindness and sent her the first "valentine" before he was executed by the Romans for his religious beliefs. Based on facts and myths of his life, this book provides an interesting view of Valentine the man. The beautiful mosaic illustrations add to the historic feel of the book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 -- Valentine was a physician and a Christian priest who often prayed on his patients' behalf. One day the emperor's jailer brought his blind daughter to Valentine asking for a cure. Although the treatments didn't give the child sight, a strong friendship was born and flourished until the Roman soldiers destroyed the physician's home and imprisoned him. Before his execution, he sent the child a note with a crocus enclosed, and she, " . . . for the first time watched its color dazzle like the rays of the afternoon sun.'' Sabuda ends with information about the beliefs surrounding the saint and the holiday. The fluid, straightforward retelling of the legend is accompanied by evocative, mosaiclike illustrations created from colored cut paper. Varying sizes of illustrations, careful page placement, and effective use of white space create the impression of the large-scale period mosiacs. A fine melding of text and art. --Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Pub . Lib .
Kathryn Broderick
A gentle Christian physician who lived in Rome during the time of the Christian persecutions, the good Valentine befriends a blind girl. Their friendship builds, only to be abruptly climaxed by Valentine's imprisonment. As he is led away by Roman soldiers, he gives the girl's father a note to be passed on to his young friend. When the girl receives this first valentine, she miraculously becomes able to see for the first time in her life. Sabuda's retelling of an event in Saint Valentine's life is made special by stunning mosaiclike illustrations created from marbleized and hand-painted papers on a gray speckletone background. Sabuda creates images of fire and bronze and imitates the effects of light on glass and snow. His beautiful picture book warrants a close look, and it should bring the legend of Saint Valentine to a wide readership. A note on the text is appended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689317620
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1965
Place of Birth:
Pinckney, Michigan
Education:
B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
Website:
http://www.robertsabuda.com

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Saint Valentine 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is in pre-k at a catholic school, and I am the room mother. I am always looking for age appropriate educational books for story time. I like this book a lot. The mosaics are great, and the story is both lovely and informative. I am pleased that the content is so age appropriate. A lot of these Saints died horrible deaths, you know? Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2ndGradeTeach More than 1 year ago
Excellent read for grades 1-5. Very interesting and full of information that engaged my class. A way to explain the holiday aside from the hearts, kisses, and hallmark cards.