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The Biggest Valentine Ever
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This is a nice little story for children about working together, that is set nicely during Valentine's Day. Two little boys start to create a valentine for their teacher, but begin to fight about what the other did "wrong" and decide to go it alone. But when they aren't really happy with their solo results either, they decide to give it another go together.

The ultimate message is that while working together sometimes means not having things exactly the way you would have done it, it also means being able to use one another's strengths and talents to make something better than either would be able to create alone. And what they end up creating is bigger and better than either of them would have conceived of on their own.

The story itself is pretty simplistic and the message is very accessible for young school-aged children. Probably best for preschool-age and older as a read-to-me book, or a good early reader book (probably 2nd grade level and up) to read alone.

The illustrations are nice -- nothing spectacular or memorable as a standalone effort, but they tell the story well. I like that the little boys show no issues with using pink hearts and glitter as befits Valentine's Day -- no needless attempt to have them make a "boy" valentine. They even dress their final attempt with lace doily. :-) That does a nice job at making this book accessible for both boys and girls.

The only thing that strikes me as a bit odd is the first page of the book, which says "Once there were two mice who fell in love with the same valentine, but it didn't start out that way." I don't really see what that has to do with the rest of the story and it doesn't really make sense (I've tried to relate it, to no avail), but it doesn't bother me that much, because I had forgotten about it by the end of the story.

Overall, I think this is a nice read for a home story, or for a classroom read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2011
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During February we talk about friendship in my kindergarten class. We brainstorm ways we can be a good friend, how to talk to one another, and how friends should work together nicely and play cooperatively. This book ties in PERFECTLY! It addresses all the above mentioned concepts of friendship and is a very sweet story. My students loved it and wanted repeat readings of it. You will enjoy reading this to a preschool-first grade class or to your own 4-7 yr old. Due to the length and friendship conflict I would recommend it for ages 4 and up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
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My grandson loved the book and had his parents read it to him several times on Valentine's Day. Thanks for the quick way to send a gift to him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2008
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I ordered this as a Valentines Day gift. It was just expected. It is a paperback, better for kids over 3 yrs.
Cute book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2010
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I like this book because the story and illustrations are cute, but most of all because it isn't just a television character holiday book. I think it has more staying power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
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My two grandchildren love this book! Sending it in the mail to them for Valentines day completed the suprise! Reading with their parents provided both a memorable experience. Hearing them tell me about it was as good as it gets...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
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I teach first grade and my students, both boys and girls alike, really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
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We love this story as it was read in class. The students wanted to read it more than one time.
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VINE VOICEon August 15, 2014
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I really liked this book a lot because beneath the story is a great message about teamwork. Two boy mice are working together to make their teacher the biggest and best valentine card, but they quickly begin arguing over the details of the card and blame each other for doing things "wrong" to mess it up. Then, they try to make cards on their own, but find they aren't happy with those cards either so they try to work as a team again and yield much better results.

I love the message in the story that you can do more together than you can alone and that when you work as a team, you have to compromise what you want some for the good of the project and treat others nicely. What the two mice learn is that they created something bigger and better than they could have done by themselves. In the end, they learn that working together was more satisfying than working solo.

The illustrations are bright, colorful, and detailed and really contribute to the story well. If you're looking for a cute Valentine's book with a great message or if you are a teacher like me, you can also use this as a values lesson about friendship and teamwork, then this is the perfect book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
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Wonderful little book for kids, my daughter loved it. The story was so sweet and great reading for beginners. My daughter is an kindergartner and she enjoyed it
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