Too Many Valentines (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Too Many Valentines (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Margaret McNamara, Mike Gordon

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This series, aimed at emergent readers, follows the adventures of the first graders at Robin Hill School.


This series, aimed at emergent readers, follows the adventures of the first graders at Robin Hill School.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Neil is the only child in Mrs. Connor's class who doesn't look forward to Valentine's Day. He emphatically declares that he gets too many frilly, pink valentines, and he doesn't want any more. When the day comes, his classmates happily exchange cards, and though Neil claims that he feels great, he really doesn't. He is isolated and unhappy until he arrives home where a surprise is waiting. Charming cartoon illustrations augment the lighthearted tone. This slight story is predictable but pleasant, and the vocabulary is well suited to beginning readers.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
McNamara (One Hundred Days [Plus One], above) explores Valentine's Day in this beginning easy reader, part of her Robin Hill School series set in a first-grade classroom. In this story a boy named Neil announces that he doesn't want any Valentines because "Valentines are frilly! Valentines are pink!" He comes to regret his decision when all the other children are caught up in the Valentine celebrations, with lots of cards to examine for the rest of the day. Neil's wise teacher respects his feelings, but then arranges for all the children to sign one Valentine, which is delivered to Neil at home. Some subtle lessons are artfully conveyed within the story: how it feels to stick with a decision to be different and how accommodations can sometimes be made to respect someone's wishes and allow that person to save face. Teachers will use this as a read-aloud before Valentine's Day to address the perennial problem of leaving someone off the Valentines list, and new readers will enjoy reading about Neil's problem and its solution. Gordon's humorous illustrations in watercolor and ink bring the first-graders to life, with funny little touches (a bird delivering Neil's card, his cat with the stamp caught on its tongue). Successful easy readers with real stories, humor, and appealing illustrations are always in demand, and the kids of the Robin Hill School first grade seem poised to each star in their own story. (Easy reader. 5-7)

Product Details

Demco Media
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Robin Hill School Ready-to-Read Series
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Read an Excerpt

Everyone at Robin Hill School is looking forward to Valentine's Day. Everyone except Neil. He thinks valentines are silly. But on the big day, when Neil doesn't get any valentines at school, he's not sure they're so silly after all!

Meet the Author

Margaret McNamara is a writer and an editor who has spent many years working in children's publishing. She is the author of all the books in the Robin Hill School series, and gets many of her ideas from her own daughter's experiences at school. Margaret McNamara lives with her family in New York City, though she likes to spend as much of the summer as she can in Maine.

Mike Gordon has illustrated all of the Robin Hill School books, but his work covers a truly wide range, extending from educational and non-fiction books to entertainment and fiction. Mike's illustration now includes both design and illustration for major publishers such as Harper Collins, Headline, Ladybird, Longman, Penguin, Random Century, Reed International, Simon & Schuster, Walker Books, Western Publishing and Wayland. The international publication of many of the titles illustrated by Mike means his work is seen in over eighteen countries. In addition, Mike has produced more than 400 humorous greeting card designs for clients such as Hallmark, as well as the major UK companies, Hanson White and Gordon Fraser. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.

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