Childrens' books: Love and Valentine's Day


The Secret Admirer
Donna W. Gutherie
Illustrated by Tony Sansevero

Granny can't see too well and her elderly neighbor can't hear well. They seem to constantly misunderstand the other intentions. Enter a young granddaughter who plays matchmaker on Valentine's Day. It's an amusing and not necessarily realistic, but sympathetic intergenerational story. Soft illustrations accompany the text. 1996, Ideals Children's Books, Ages 4 to 8, $14.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Crafts for Valentine's Day
Kathy Ross
Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Instructions for making 20 projects using materials readily available. Simple instructions accompanied by excellent illustrations make it possible to turn ordinary objects into extraordinary Valentine's Day cards. 1995, Millbrook, Ages 5 to 8, $15.90 and $5.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

My Special Valentine Kit
Reader's Digest Young Families

An assemblage that includes a book with instructions to make 17 valentine cards and other projects and all the "stuff" to make them special--glue, doilies, stickers, etc. is included. As a bonus, you get a heart-shaped box to store your valentines in. 1997, Random House, Ages 5 up, $7.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Carol Carrick
Illustrated by Paddy Bouma

Heather is sad that her mother can't spend Valentine's Day with her and Grandma. But Heather has lots of fun baking cookies and prepares a special one for her mother. When Grandma and Heather go outside to check on the animals, they discover a new born lamb that does not seem to be moving. With lots of tender loving care they nurse it back to good health. A pleasant story warmly illustrated in soft watercolors. 1995, Clarion, Ages 5 to 8, $14.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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