Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

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Saint Valentine by Ann Tompert, Kestutis Kasparavicius

Every February 14 we exchange cards and flowers as expressions of love. Valentine's Day is among our most popular holidays, But what do the words "Be my valentine" mean? Who was Valentine? We know he lived in third-century Rome, during the reign of Claudius II. We know that he was a Christian priest. But he lived during a period of military anarchy, when many of Rome's records were destroyed. The facts of Valentine's life have been lost to history. What survive, however, are legends. And legends often contain the residue of truth. Ann Tompert beautifully weaves together the most enduing stories of Valentine to create a tapestry of the saint's life, while Kestutis Kasparivicius's illustrations take the reader back to ancient Rome. Together, author and illustrator pierce the historical fog that surrounds Saint Valentine to offer a glimpse of the man whose life remains a mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590781814
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ann Tompert has written many award-winning books for children, including the picture book biographies, Saint Nicholas, Joan of Arc, and Saint Patrick. She lives in Port Huron, Michigan.

Kestutis Kasparavicius has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including Ann Tompert's Pied Piper of Peru. In 1993, he was honored as Illustrator of the Year by the Bologna Book Fair. He lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Saint Valentine 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While all certainly know the name St. Valentine and what his namesake day has come to represent, there is precious little actually known about the life of this saint. Much of our information is pure legend. Author Tompert takes the most lasting stories and uses them as a springboard for this picture book recommended for young readers, age 6 and up. We do know that St. Valentine lived in Rome during the 3rd century and the reign of Claudius II.. It is a fact that he was a Christian priest; all other knowledge of him is lost. However, one of the most enduring stories about him is that he performed secret weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. He believed that dictate to be unjust. Author Tompert carries this legend further by imagining that Claudius was furious upon hearing this, and had Valentine thrown into jail. Perhaps this legend is the basis for our contemporary celebration of St. Valentine's Day. The soft watercolor illustrations depicting ancient Rome are dramatic. Full page paintings reflect the dress and surroundings of that day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While all certainly know the name St. Valentine and what his namesake day has come to represent, there is precious little actually known about the life of this saint. Much of our information is pure legend. Author Tompert takes the most lasting stories and uses them as a springboard for this picture book recommended for young readers, age 6 and up. We do know that St. Valentine lived in Rome during the 3rd century and the reign of Claudius II.. It is a fact that he was a Christian priest; all other knowledge of him is lost. However, one of the most enduring stories about him is that he performed secret weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. He believed that dictate to be unjust. Author Tompert carries this legend further by imagining that Claudius was furious upon hearing this, and had Valentine thrown into jail. Perhaps this legend is the basis for our contemporary celebration of St. Valentine's Day. The soft watercolor illustrations depicting ancient Rome are dramatic. Full page paintings reflect the dress and surroundings of that day. - Gail Cooke