Snowy Valentine

Snowy Valentine

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by David Petersen
     
 

Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.

In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you.”

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Overview

Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.

In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you.”

Bring this sweet story home to your Valentine today.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Petersen, creator of the Mouse Guard comic book series, makes his picture book debut with the story of Jasper, a rabbit who is determined to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Lily. It’s a familiar premise, and so is the resolution, which is unnecessarily spelled out at book’s end: “Jasper’s journey showed the greatest gift he could give: his love for her.” However, the project exudes so much charm that readers aren’t likely to mind. With dapperly attired characters like Miriam the frog (who has prepared chocolate-covered flies for her beloved) and Teagan the fox (who has rabbit stew in mind for his wife, much to Jasper’s alarm), Petersen’s storytelling and artwork offer hints of Beatrix Potter and Kenneth Grahame. It’s a world that readers will be happy to lose themselves in. Ages 3�8. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
Jasper Bunny ventures into a snowy Valentine Day to find the perfect gift for his beloved wife Lilly. He visits his neighbors to find out what wonderful gifts they are giving. Unfortunately, Jasper cannot knit a scarf like the porcupines, nor does he think that Lilly would love Mr. Frog's chocolate-covered flies. After almost getting cooked into soup as Teagan Fox's Valentine to his wife, Jasper wanders home unhappy. He has not found the perfect present. In fact, he hasn't found any present at all! Luckily, he encounters Spalding the cardinal who points out that from his high vantage point, he has made a unique present in his wanderings. And yes, Lilly does love the footprint valentine that Jasper unknowingly marked in the snow. The beautiful illustrations and sweetly funny story will make this a wonderful bedtime read any night, but especially on February 14. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Jasper Bunny, a dapper hare dressed in a three-piece suit and scarf, heads out of his snow-covered house in search of the perfect valentine for his wife, Lilly. At his first stop, he happens upon seven porcupine children knitting a scarf for their mother, but quickly realizes that he can't knit. Trudging on, Jasper finds that while a box of chocolate-covered flies is the perfect gift for Miriam Frog to give to her husband, "it's definitely not something…Lilly would enjoy!" After a brief visit to Everett Raccoon's peddler wagon, Jasper finds himself at Fox's door and barely avoids becoming rabbit stew. Wet and despairing, he describes his failed plans to a wise cardinal who shows him that he has already made the perfect gift. Jasper rushes home to Lilly, who loves the heart his determined footprints have drawn across the valley. Petersen's whimsical, full-bleed illustrations with Victorian-pattern details add warmth and gentle humor to the story. The raccoon's posture and expression give readers all the information necessary to hear exactly how he might speak to Jasper, and the bunny's expressive ears show the earnestness of his journey. Adults and children alike will smile when, along with Jasper, they discover his gift to Lilly. The timeless quality of the theme and perfect cast of supporting characters make this valentine story a head (or at least two rabbit ears) above the rest.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Petersen, creator of the Mouse Guard comic-book series and winner of an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids (2008), impresses with his picture-book debut about a bunny's earnest quest for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for his wife. It is Valentine's Day, and Jasper has no gift for Lilly. He sets off in the snow searching for inspiration from his neighbors. Industrious porcupine children knit scarves for their mother, but Jasper just gets tangled up. Elegant Miriam the frog's chocolate-covered flies won't do, and neither will Everett the raccoon's wilted flowers. When Teagan the fox invites Jasper in to "brainstorm by the fire," he ends up "in the soup!" After escaping, poor Jasper is droopy-eared, wet, defeated. When he encounters Spalding the wise cardinal, he blurts out his worry and frustration at remaining empty-handed. "The cardinal looked thoughtful. ‘Hmm…. From where I sit, …you have given Lilly a wonderful gift already.' " The dramatic page-turn reveals Lilly outside their burrow looking down on the valley, where Jasper's footprints from his long journey have traced a huge heart in the snow. Lush, detailed illustrations drawn in ink and then digitally colored enrich the cozy reading experience. Superbly designed and executed with love; children of any age will appreciate the story's message and celebrate Jasper's quiet success. (Picture book. 4 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061463785
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
129,315
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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