Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

by Brenda Haugen, Todd Ouren

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Briefly discusses the history and customs connected to the celebration of Valentine's Day.


Briefly discusses the history and customs connected to the celebration of Valentine's Day.

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Children's Literature
The short text and minimal amount of information in this volume of the "Holidays and Celebrations" series is spread out over large bright pages and inscribed in an oversized font. Most of the facts related are self-evident ("On Valentine's Day, hearts of all sizes are easy to find. These hearts are usually pink or red"). The practice, found here and in many informational and textbooks, of passing on unresearched information from other authors was often challenged by writer Stephen Jay Gould. In this volume, supposed historical background focuses on the Roman observance in honor of Februata Juno, even though historians find a link to Valentine's Day extremely dubious. Valentine himself was a third-century martyr who had no connection at all to marrying young couples. Some symbols, however, like Cupid and lovebirds are correctly explained and appealingly pictured. It is hard to resist the urge to cut up this colorful book to decorate cards or perhaps the Valentine mailbox for which directions are given. At the end, young readers will find some Fun Facts and a bibliography including Jack Prelutsky's It's Valentine's Day, which comes closer to the heart of what the day really means to kids. 2004, Picture Window, Ages 4 to 8.
— Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Both books feature simplified vocabulary and digitally rendered pictures. Each one ends with a craft project, words to know (which are not highlighted as they appear), and an index (not necessary in a 24-page book that has little value for reports). With fairly bland texts and sterile pictures that can be confusing (the jar of "pennies" in School looks more like a jar filled with cookies), these titles are inferior to those mentioned in the "To Learn More" sections, such as Rosemary Wells's Emily's First 100 Days of School (Hyperion, 2000) or Anne Rockwell's Valentine's Day (HarperCollins, 2000).-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Pr Inc
Publication date:
Capstone Celebrations Series
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.

Todd Ouren has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Todd has illustrated and designed numerous award-winning books and greeting cards. Raised near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Todd now lives in Mankato, Minnesota with his wife and three boys. In our spare time we enjoy watching our kids play sports, traveling, hiking, kayaking and spending time at the lake. Todd Ouren is a published author and an illustrator of children's books.

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