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Story of Valentine's Day
     

Story of Valentine's Day

by Clyde Robert Bulla, Susan Estelle Kwas (Illustrator)
 

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Will you be my valentine?

Everybody knows what Valentine's Day means: Red and pink hearts, flowers and chocolates, and cards and letters with sweet sayings written on them. But why? Who was St. Valentine, anyway?

Here is a close look at one of our oldest and most mysterious holidays. The ancient legends behind the celebration are revealed -

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Will you be my valentine?

Everybody knows what Valentine's Day means: Red and pink hearts, flowers and chocolates, and cards and letters with sweet sayings written on them. But why? Who was St. Valentine, anyway?

Here is a close look at one of our oldest and most mysterious holidays. The ancient legends behind the celebration are revealed - including how Valentine's Day evolved over the centuries and who wrote the very first valentine. With vivid illustrations by Susan Estelle Kwas and a delicious cookie recipe, this book is the sweetest valentine of them all.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Colorful new illustrations update this text first published as St. Valentines Day (Crowell, 1965; o.p.). In it, Bulla offers a cheerful explanation of one of our oldest and most mysterious holidays, and gives the history and customs associated with it. From ancient Rome, through Victorian England, and on to modern celebrations, the author provides examples of how love and friendship are expressed. Craft ideas and a cookie recipe are appended. The information is more compact and is presented with more energy than in Edna Barths Heart, Cupids, and Red Roses (Clarion, 1982). An attractive addition to holiday shelves that gives librarians something to offer primary graders besides Gail Gibbonss Valentines Day (Holiday, 1986).Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064436267
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description:
New
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Clyde Robert Bulla is the author of over fifty books for children including The Secret Valley and The Story of Valentine’s Day. He has been writing since 1946 when he published his first book, The Donkey Cart. Mr. Bulla was the first recipient of the Southern California Council on Children’s Literature award for distinguished contribution to the field. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Susan Estelle Kwas often torn between watching the vivid red cardinals outside her art studio and illustrating such books as The Story of Valentine's Day, the Learning Block Books series, A Rumpus of Rhymes: A Book of Noisy Poems, and this one.

Ms. Kwas lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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