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Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Picture Books

Usually I don't think to pick up V-Day books (or any holiday books, really) at the library until we're right on the holiday, at which point most are checked out. This year I managed to snag a few V-Day books which are listed below.

Silly Tilly's Valentine is an awfully cute story about a mole named Tilly. She has a dreadful time remembering things and is easily sidetracked by ideas and activities. At the beginning of the book we find her baking cupcakes when she receives a call from her friend Mr. Bunny who is asking if she remembers what this particular day is. "Oh dear," she sighs, "I forgot to remember." That seems to be her running refrain. Of course, it's Valentine's Day and, of course, she is baking Valentine's Day cupcakes. But she is sidetracked by the idea of snow falling, along with "colorful snowflakes" (i.e, Valentine hearts which have flown out of her mailbox.) This is a funny and agreeable story. It is innocent fun and we really enjoyed it.

Bookworm1 (age 4) particularly enjoyed Little Mouse's Big Valentinewhich is apparently no longer in print. (So I hope our library holds on to their copy!) This book tells the story of Little Mouse who makes a gigantic Valentine that is so big that no one is interested in receiving it. Little Mouse goes on a hunt trying to find someone who might be interested in this creation and finally comes across another little girl mouse. He decides to give it to her but she suggests that they cut it down to size. So they do and suddenly there are a lot of Valentines for all of Little Mouse's friends.

We've been reading some of our own Valentine's Day books from our home library, but these are two we managed to snag in time to enjoy this season. I'd be inclined to add Silly Tilly to our collection for future reading purposes and will definitely keep an eye out for it. This year, I'm glad to have discovered it.

I know there are quite a few of you sharing your Valentine's Day book finds this season. If you have links you'd like to share, leave 'um in the comment section!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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