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Children's LiteratureThirteen chapters consisting of two facing pages each convey various aspects of the history and celebration of Valentine's day. Information about the ancient Roman Empire festival to celebrate the first day of spring (February 15) provides background for the introduction of a Catholic priest named Valentine who married young couples contrary to the emperor's law which demanded that young men become soldiers and remain single. Valentine was executed on February 14. Celebrations honoring his memory became common throughout Europe and spread to the colonies of North America. Customs and symbols associated with the holiday are briefly described. A timeline, glossary, bibliography, and index are included for young researchers. Part of the "Holiday Histories" series. 2003, Heinemann, Ages 4 to 7.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.