Valentine’s Day is this week. The day to celebrate love and friendship and giving. I found a couple of lovely little books that we will be sending to my Princesses.
I Haiku You is a little book of loving haiku. I’m hoping that it will inspire the Ladybug Princess to spread her ladybug wings and dream up some poetry of her own. It was written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder and published by Random House Children’s Books in 2012.
This book is filled with haiku poems and pictures of young people going through their day, filling it with joy for their friends and life around them. My favorite is:
wiggle-wag tail love,
This is a really cute book. The poems and the illustrations are simple and cheery. A perfect treat for my valentines!
The Valentine by Monique Felix was published by Creative Editions, originally in 1991, but we have a newer copy published in 2013.
The is a very different little book. A wordless book. I love wordless books. They leave so much to the imagination! It begins with a picture of a mouse. A sad little mouse. I’m thinking that the mouse is trying to imagine the perfect valentine. And then he gets a great idea! He starts with a piece of paper and proceeds to chew a hole in it. The hole takes the shape of a heart! Then he chews around the edges and does some folding and Voila!! He has a house with a heart shaped hole in the roof! To share with his friend!
Ms Snyder was featured on the Writing and Illustrating blog with a nice interview.
You can find a list of more books by Monique Felix at Goodreads HERE.
I present to you a trailer for I Haiku You —
And I leave you with a haiku from my own brain –
Ears prick to listen
“Rhythm” floats in on the wind
Love calls me – Mom
This week also happens to be Random Acts of Kindness week. The official RAK website is a grand place for Kindness Inspiration. Another grand place for a Kindness and Joy fix is a blog belonging to Ms Barbara Gruener called The Corner on Character. Ms Gruener is a school counselor who radiates Kindness and Joy. You might pay her a visit!
And here’s a little video that she posted this weekend that will fill you with hope and JOY —
I hope you find some good books for your special Valentine and maybe you will be inspired to write some Haiku of your own! Or send someone a letter!
With LOVE and LICKS
From you library friend
I haikiu U is a lovely book. I love wordless picture books, I plan to write a lot of them hee hee.
I think that you would do a fine job with a wordless book! I’ll be watching out for that! Hope you have a LOVEly Valentine’s Day!
Thanks, Rhythm. You too!
Love the mom poem. Happy love day
Thanks!! And a Happy LOVEly Day to your Zoo as well!
What a fab choice of valentine’s books 🙂
Thanks Misaki! Hope you have a day full of fine treats!
I love wordless books too. I will have to look for The Valentine.
It is a really cute book. There are several books in series featuring the little mouse. I would like to find some of the others.
What a joy-fileld post. And great Valentine’s Day book recommendations. Thank you, Rhythm.
You’re welcome Ms Marple!! Happy Valentine’s Day to You!
Perfect post this week. Sweet books for your princesses. And a wonderful video about acts of kindness and love. The best medicine when feeling down is to do something for another.
I think that the Princesses will like them! You’re right about doing something nice for someone putting everything right. I wish that more people could see that.
Delightful! I shall seek out the haiku book for sure. Love your work!
I thought you might like that haiku! She has a haiku book for babies, too! Maybe Martha should write a book!
I asked her. She said she couldn’t possibly, then giggled and blushed a violent shade of puce.
hahahaha! I would like to see that!
That sloppy-smoochy-poochy looks a little like me. I might be famous!
Love and licks,
I does look much like you Cupcake! Have you been doing some outside work that you haven’t been talking about?
What a POST!!! The video at the end brought tears to my eyes. How beautiful that this woman found love and joy in selfless giving. That is really where it’s at! Love your haiku!!! And the I Haiku You book…so sweet…and the work that must have gone into the trailer to make it move like that…amazing! So many fun things in the book that reminded me of good times! Love and friendships and joy and childhood. Thank you for blessing my day. Hugs… 🙂
Thank you Ms Naylor! I’m glad I could provide some smiles. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!
Ooh, both of these are new to me. Can’t wait to check them out. I especially love the dog haiku 🙂 So much love there!
I hope you can find them! And then enjoy them! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!
Love both books and the videos. I’ve pinned everything! Thanks.
Thanks Ms Barbara! That’s grand of you!
I love the looks of
I Haiku U. I really
enjoy haiku books!
You’ll like this little book a lot!