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If You'll Be My Valentine Paperback – December 13, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060092718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060092719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS - A little boy creates and presents valentines to his pets, family members, and even his teddy bear in this appealing picture book. Told entirely in rhyme, the story commemorates kindness as well as love: the child reads a book to a younger brother and sends an affectionate note to his grandmother. There are also touches of humor: he tells his dog, "If you'll be my valentine/I'll give you extra treaties./I'll give you two/and maybe three/and let you lick my feeties." The text reads smoothly and is ideal for sharing aloud. Kosaka's pastel artwork is warm and cheery, depicting simply drawn characters set against textured backdrops. On each spread, the text is printed on the left page above a small picture of the appropriate valentine; the right side contains a large illustration of the youngster interacting with the card's recipient. Include this book in holiday programs that celebrate sentiment over commercialism. - Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. This pleasant picture book brings a young child's sensibility to Valentine's Day. In each verse of the rhyming text, a little boy addresses someone or something he loves, from his cat and his teddy bear to his little sister, his big brother, and his parents. He makes a card for each, expressing his affection and offering a way of spending time together, such as pulling his sister in a wagon or making funny faces with his father. The simplicity of the words and the warmth of the shared activities are reflected in the large scale of the artwork, which creates a friendly, reassuring world with its rounded forms, smiling characters, and gentle colors. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 13, 2005
Format: Library Binding
"If you'll be my valentine

I'll give you extra treaties.

I'll give you two

And maybe three

And let you lick my feeties."

It's Valentine's Day, and a young boy's thought turn to...his dog. The toddler has also written valentines for his cat, his teddy bear, a bird, his grandma, a neighborhood girl, his grandma, mom, and other family members. The book, written by the author of "The Nothing to Do Puppy," may serve as a reminder that one doesn't need to wait for Valentine's Day to enjoy playing and showing one's feelings towards others.

The poems are very lyrical and sweet, and the words easy to read. The book focuses on simple, shared fun, the enjoyment of animals and nature, and gentle give and take of good relationships: Sitting with his brother (I assume), the young boy assures him: "If you'll be my Valentine/I'll sit with you today. We'll read a book/ about some frogs/ If you don't want to play. L There's a Valentine showing a frog holding a heart underneath the text. The facing pages shows the boys read together on a soft-looking, big green couch with a plate of heart-shaped cookies nearby. Illustrator Fumi Kosaka's drawings are soft, soothing, and uncluttered, and the text is set against slightly textured solid color backgrounds. It's a warm, sometimes humorous book, good for Valentine's Day, sleep time, or just cozy up and read time. The book seems just a bit expensive compared to others, but that may be due partially to the fame of its author, the award-winning Cynthia Rylant, and its recent publication date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Pali on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to use for some modeled writing with our beginning writers. Children can relate to the text and the message. Illustrations are charming as well.
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By Jill Schuck on April 22, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son's kindergarten teacher as a Valentines gift for the classroom. I think it could be a good fit if you combined it with rhyming curriculum, but I was less than impressed with the story and graphics. It was just okay.
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By K. Kane on February 17, 2011
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I purchased this book as well as The Ballad of Valentine. We L-O-V-E both books, but found this one to be perfect for reading to my son's preschool class of 3 and 4 year olds. This book is very sweet and fun. I highly recommend it. The Ballad of Valentine is so much fun, but probably too complicated for 3-4 year classroom. Fine for one-on-one.
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