Valentine's Day

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Where did the idea of Valentine's Day come from? Who was Saint Valentine? What are the symbols for Valentine's Day? The new editions of 'Holiday Histories' describe holidays and special days that are celebrated in the United States. Discover the history behind each holiday or special day. Learn why these days are important.

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Overview

Where did the idea of Valentine's Day come from? Who was Saint Valentine? What are the symbols for Valentine's Day? The new editions of 'Holiday Histories' describe holidays and special days that are celebrated in the United States. Discover the history behind each holiday or special day. Learn why these days are important.

Presents background information on the origins of customs related to the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.

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Children's Literature
Thirteen 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432910532
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 8/16/2008
  • Series: Holiday Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

A Holiday About Love 4
A Roman Festival 6
Who Were The Romans? 8
Emperor Claudius II 10
A Man Named Valentine 12
Honoring St. Valentine 14
Early Customs 16
Valentine Cards 18
Valentine's Day in the Colonies 20
Esther Howland 22
Other Gifts 24
The Symbols of Valentine's Day 26
I Love You 28
Important Dates 30
Glossary 31
More Books To Read 31
Index 32
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