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Snow Valentines: A Holiday House Reader

Snow Valentines: A Holiday House Reader

by Karen Gray Ruelle
A Holiday House Reader.A brother and sister make original valentines for their parents.


A Holiday House Reader.A brother and sister make original valentines for their parents.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Harry and Emily want to do something really special for their parents on Valentine's Day. They know that their Mom will give great hugs, because she always does, and they know that their Dad will draw great pictures. They try several ideas out—creating a dance number, learning a song, and concocting a special treat. Nothing seems to be quite right. The day before Valentine's Day, however, there was a big snowfall and school was closed. They spent the day having a great time, but they remembered too late that they hadn't come up with that special valentine for their parents. The next morning brings another snowfall and Harry and Emily finally create the perfect valentine. The pictures are simple and expressive—they look like the ones that would be posted on the refrigerator and the text is easy to read and moves at a good pace. A"Holiday House Reader" Level Two, Reading Level 2.5. 2000, Holiday, $14.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Harry and Emily, two cats, want to make a special valentine for their parents. Their mother gives the best hugs and their father makes the best pictures, so they want to do something really outstanding-something unique. They try coming up with a special dance, a song, and a dessert, but each idea is rejected. An unexpected snowstorm finally provides the answer-big snow valentines all over the yard. Colorful cartoons portray the loving family first introduced in The Monster in Harry's Backyard (Holiday, 1999). An attractive addition to holiday shelves.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Ruelle serves up another humorous seasonal tale about that engaging feline duo, Harry and Emily, who learn that the best presents are the ones that come from the heart. The siblings are determined to express their affection for their parents by creating the most unique Valentine's gift they can think up. However, when their impromptu Valentine's Dance proves too boisterous, their song too cacophonous, and their idea of an apple sauce/peanut butter/marshmallow confection meets with a resounding "Yuck" from their Mom, the furry pair are fresh out of ideas. A sudden snowfall the day before V-day provides the siblings with a break—and is ultimately a source of inspiration for their gift, as the two surprise their parents with giant snow hearts in the yard. Ruelle's tale, overflowing with warmth and goodwill, includes a Mom who constantly provides reaffirming hugs and a devoted Dad who draws creative mementos for his children. Separated into four brief chapters, the simply constructed text is accessible to newly established readers. Ruelle's light-hearted drawings add to the cheerfulness. Bright watercolors depicting the duo liberally adorn the pages in an array of sizes, ranging from full-page illustrations to smaller vignettes inserted into the text. A sweetly sentimental, but not syrupy, tale that gets right at the heart of Valentine's Day. (Fiction. 5-8)

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Karen Gray Ruelle's books for children include "75 Fun Things to Make and Do by Yourself," several board books, and six more Holiday House Readers. She lives in New York City.

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