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Day It Rained Hearts Paperback – December 12, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060731230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060731236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Originally published in 1983 as Four Valentines in a Rainstorm, Felicia Bond's The Day It Rained Hearts follows young Cornelia Augusta as she makes creative use of a most unusual downpour. Along with the name change, Bond's offering has also been enlarged, adding a generous white frame around sweet and simple vignettes of Cornelia fashioning a quartet of handcrafted Valentine's Day cards; includes a heart-themed sticker sheet.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Ages 3-5. Originally published in 1983 as Four Valentines in a Rainstorm, this sweet book remains the same except for a new cover. Still, many libraries will no longer have the original, and this is a good choice for holiday shelves. Young Cornelia is walking along when it starts raining hearts. Catching them in her hand and in her yellow slicker, she takes them home to make valentines. Because each heart is different, she is able to make very special cards for her special friends. The small watercolor-and-ink illustrations in the center of each snowy page give the spreads a cozy feel. Little ones will enjoy watching as Cornelia catches her hearts and decides what to do with them, and they will appreciate the happiness the valentines bring to Rabbit, Turtle, Mouse, and Dog. Copyright information mentions sticker art, but that did not appear with the galley. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

Very cute illustrations.
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THE DAY IT RAIN HEARTS is endearing and tender; a perfect story to share with family and friends.
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My students really enjoyed reading this book.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Cornelia Augusta couldn't believe her eyes as this unusual downpour began. Instead of water falling from the sky, it was raining hearts. She caught bunches of them in her hands and slicker, and took them home. After examining her hearts carefully, Cornelia Augusta knew just what she wanted to do with each and every one of them.... Felicia Bond has brought back her 1983 picture book, originally titled, Four Valentines In A Rainstorm, and it's as sweet and charming today as it was almost twenty years ago. Her simple and gentle text is kept to a minimum. The actual story is told through her engaging, bright and expressive artwork, as Cornelius Augusta plans and constructs the perfect Valentine for each of four special friends. Preschoolers will enjoy watching her create each unique card, and guessing as to who will be receiving it. With a Valentine sticker page at the end to help your little ones get started on their own special Valentine cards, The Day It Rained Hearts is an endearing holiday book that shouldn't be missed.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on January 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My six year old took the board book version of this book out of my hands. I meant to read it to my two year old son. Instead,
my first grader was enthralled with the illustrations, the story and the name of the loveable protagonist "Cornelia Augusta".
I especially enjoyed how ALL the rainbow hearts Cornelia Augusta catches are ALL different so she can craft personalized, different Valentine's for each recipient of one of her precious gifts.
The story is also a very opening one: there are always ways to create... no matter what the medium, what the celebration, whether the people are together or apart.
Also, I think the 3-5 year recommendation is a bit young. My 6 year old really enjoyed it as well, the language was perfect for a first grader.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on February 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It rains an abundance of hearts one day and

Cornielia Augusta catches them and brings them home and figures out who she wants to make things for.

She makes a necklace by stringing them together, then cuts holes in one and as the story goes on, the children try to guess who she made the valentins for.

It is simple and cute and give the children ideas about doing nice things for their friends.

ellen
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Barnard on May 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My mother bought this for Valentine's Day this year for my, then 2.5 year old, boy-girl twins and my kids love this book. It is May and we still read this book at least once a week.

The fact that little Cornelia looks at each heart and creates a special valentine card that matches the heart and the recipent shows thoughtfulness. I also liked that even though it never rained hearts again Cornelia wasn't disappointed or sad, but knew what to each Valentine's Day after that.

Our book also came with a page of stickers based on the illustrations in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on February 16, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One day, it begins to rain hearts, and young Cornelia Augusta begins to catch them. She realizes that these hearts would be great for making valentines. We watch her think of many different kinds of valentines, and think about who each one would be perfect for. What I love about this little book is the thoughtfulness Cornelia Augusta demonstrates, customizing each gift to please a particular friend (and the friends all turn out to be members of the animal world!). My young daughter enjoyed figuring out who each valentine was for and why. Very cute!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lulublue3 on March 16, 2011
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I love this book! It is so cute and so sweet. The illustrations are very cute too. Perfect for boys and girls!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 21, 2011
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This was purchased for my 5 year old kindergartner. She is a new reader and found the book pretty easy to read out loud on her own. The illustrations were darling and the story a good one for Valentine's Day. Great gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PittsHQ on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a sweet story about making & sharing valentines. The main character collects a bunch of hearts when they rain from the sky. She turns them into creative, personalized valentines for all of her beloved friends. Simply a sweet story. Our family loves it!
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