Childrens' books: Love and Valentine's Day


Rosie Rabbit's Valentine's Day
Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Laura Rader

A sturdy, colorful, interactive book with reusable vinyl stickers. Kids get to celebrate Valentine's Day with Rosie Rabbit. She is making valentines and getting ready for a party with her friends. The stickers are placed on the pages to decorate the cards, help Rosie get dressed, set up for the party, etc. Part of the Happy Holiday Sticker Book series. 1996, Candlewick, Ages 3 up, $7.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance
Jack Gantos
Illustrated Nicole Rubel

Rotten Ralph does not want to go to a Valentine party. He doesn't want to kiss anyone and he doesn't want to be nice. Rotten Ralph plays nasty tricks on his way to the party and goes to great lengths to repulse potential Valentines at the party. He knows, though, no matter how rotten he is, he will always be Sarah's favorite valentine. Rubels' naïve, colorful illustrations suit Rotten Ralph's personality perfectly. 1996, Houghton, Ages 4 to 8, $14.95. Reviewer: Trina Heidt

Valentine's Day Postcard Storybook (out-of-print)
Patricia Ryan Lampl
Illustrated by Emily Grossman

A combination story book and Valentine postcards to make and give to friends and family. Mr. Mark, the teacher, has arranged for a drawing at school and everyone has a secret Valentine to make a special card for. The fun is coming up with just the right card and message. Then the class decides to makes a card for Mr. Mark. Chocolate chip cupcakes with cream cheese icing are the hit of the party and recipes are included at the end of the story. 1997, Little Simon, Ages 4 up, $6.99

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