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Children's LiteratureThe 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