It seems it’s time to prepare for the holiday of the heart — Valentine’s Day. It also seems as though the last few months have been one endless holiday! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Princesses arriving, Groundhog’s Day, now Valentine’s Day! I think that Human People just like to find reasons to party. Which is OK by me!
This weekend the Mom Person dug out all the Heart Stuff. My frilly attire, heart bandannas, heart glasses, heart fetching toys, and heart books. She likes for me to be holiday appropriate when we go out visiting.
We read a lot of Valentine Books at the library the other evening. I think that I am going to introduce you to all of them and then tell you the one I liked the best.
And my TWO favorites —
Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr and illustrated by Dorothy Donohue was published by Holiday House in 2003. It is a sweet book about a little Panda who hides Valentines all over his house for all the members of his family. Even his dog! The book includes directions for making paper Valentines and a short history of Valentine’s Day. But the really special thing about this book is the illustrations! They are collages created from paper cut outs with glitter and ribbon — just like a valentine! Both Ms Carr and Ms Donohue have fantastic websites that you can visit if you click on their names above.
One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell was published by the Trumpet Club in 1981. It is the story of 2 friends, Marvin and Milton who decide to make Valentines for the whole neighborhood — a zillion! They get out their paints and scissors and crayons and lots of paper. They make all kinds of Valentines and then go to every house in the neighborhood and slip one under each door. And that puts smiles on everybody’s faces! But they have lots left over. A zillion is a lot! So they sell the left over Valentines and use the money to buy a big heart full of chocolates that they share with each other. This book is full of smiles and friendship and hard work that pays off in good feelings. I love this book! Joy, Joy!!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you make valentines or buy valentines? Do you do chocolate? Do you read books? Do you have any favorites to share? I’m hoping I’ll get some yummy treats! And I hope you do, too! Maybe you’ll find a sweet valentine under your door! Or in your shoe! Or under your pillow! Or beside your breakfast dish! Joy, Joy!!