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Little Angels' Alphabet of Love
Joan Walsh Anglund
A tiny book filled with cute baby angles who fly through the alphabet on wings of loving words. An ABC for Valentine's Day with its own gift envelope inside. A bit too saccharine for my tastes. 1997, Little Simon, All ages, $4.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
My Love for You
Susan L Roth
A delightful story of two mice who declaim their love for each other by comparing it to a different number of animals. "My love for you ... is heftier than 9 hippos" offers a spread filled with the requisite number of hippos but they are imaginatively stacked on top of each other in three hefty piles. It's warm, funny and even provides a counting lesson. The collages are wonderful, and the book manages to convey a soft cozy feeling that makes it a great choice for Valentine's Day or any day someone needs a little extra TLC. 1997, Dial, All Ages, $12.99.
The Great Valentine's Day Surprise
The flaps in this lift-the-flap book are valentines that the porcine postman delivers to the other animals in the neighborhood. From the cute puns on the front of each valentine, the recipient (and the reader) are asked to guess who might have sent it. The flaps are sturdy, and the illustrations are endearing. 1996, HarperFestival, Ages 2 to 5, $5.95. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen