Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day in Mrs. Madoff's class means making special valentines to send to Michiko in Japan. As the kids decorate their unique cards with glitter glue, stickers, and candy hearts, they remember all their favorite moments with Michiko and what makes each of their friendships with her so special. With more than 200 valentines readers can find, this fifth Mrs. Madoff book is full of ideas for valentines ...
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Valentine's Day in Mrs. Madoff's class means making special valentines to send to Michiko in Japan. As the kids decorate their unique cards with glitter glue, stickers, and candy hearts, they remember all their favorite moments with Michiko and what makes each of their friendships with her so special. With more than 200 valentines readers can find, this fifth Mrs. Madoff book is full of ideas for valentines that children can make themselves.

About the Author:
Anne Rockwell has written and illustrated many classic children't books, including Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?, a nominee for the 2000 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award of Kansas. She lives in Old Greenwich, CT.

Lizzy Rockwell is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Nutrition. She lives in Norwalk, CT.

The children in Mrs. Madoff's class make special Valentine's cards to send to a friend in Japan and to share at their classroom celebration.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mrs. Madoff's class makes special valentines for their friend Michiko in Japan, and takes a trip to the post office to mail them. Ages 3-6. (Dec.)
Children's Literature
At school everyone is busy making valentines to send to their friend Michiko in Japan. As they cut, paste and decorate, they reflect back on the wonderful times they had with their friend. After they finish, all the kids head off to the post office to mail their cards. Later in the week, a package arrives and it has valentines for each of them from Michiko. It is a cheerful story filled with a multicultural cast of kids. The big question, however, that parents and caregivers will be asked—why is Michiko in Japan? Was she only a visitor to the school, or is she just visiting her grandparents and due to return—a good subject for discussion. There is also a challenge offered to kids by the illustrator, who asks them to find the more than two hundred hearts depicted throughout. 2001, HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Continuing their series of picture books depicting special days (Career Day [2000], Show & Tell Day [1997], Halloween Day [1997], and Thanksgiving Day [1999, all HarperCollins]), the Rockwells have again produced a realistic example of a classroom celebration. Mrs. Madoff's students are busy making valentines for Michiko, who is visiting family in Japan. Using construction paper, crayons, glitter glue, etc., each child creates a card and writes a personal message to her. Each valentine appears on a page with the short text that describes it, while the picture opposite illustrates the sentiment with which it was designed. For example, "Sarah's valentine is pink. Her valentine says, `I miss you every single day, especially when it's snack time,'" is accompanied by a picture of the two girls sitting at a table sharing crackers and juice. Finally, the class takes a field trip to the post office to mail the cards. On Valentine's Day, they enjoy the origami valentines they receive from Michiko, and exchange cards as well. With a simple and accessible text that accurately reflects the language of preschool and primary classrooms, this book depicts a common childhood experience. The animated, colored-pencil illustrations give life to the faces of the classmates, as well as to their crafts and activities.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616794576
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/21/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut.

Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut.

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