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A String of Hearts Hardcover – November 23, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—The delightful title sets the tone for this sweet story of friendship and a boy's first crush. Sam's teacher, a motherly bear named Mrs. Wright, announces to her students that they will make valentines. "Write something special about each classmate," she instructs. Sam, an earnest cub in a red jersey and jeans, has a crush on Tiffany. When he tells Mary Ann that he wants to make a "really good valentine" to impress the popular cat, she is disappointed but agrees to help him. They spend the afternoon creating imaginative valentines at the loyal squirrel's house. Not knowing anything about Tiffany except her favorite color, Sam decorates her card with purple stickers. She drops the card, and when Sam puts it in his pocket, he finds a surprise: a string of hearts made by Mary Ann. On each one she has listed a reason for liking him. Sam realizes that he can think of lots of good things about her, too, and rushes home to make her a special valentine. The cheery artwork illustrating this heartwarming love triangle shows fluffy, well-dressed animals in bright colors. Their expressive faces mirror the emotions explored in the narrative. A lovely Valentine story about the real meaning of friendship.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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For the class Valentine’s Day party, Sam’s teacher says to write something special about everyone. Sam, a bear, is at a loss of what to say about Nicole, a skunk, and even more befuddled by how to make a valentine for the perfect Tiffany, a cat. His squirrel friend, Mary Ann, offers to help out the clueless bear, and the two spend the afternoon creating cards. When Sam’s valentine for Tiffany goes barely noticed amid her armful of cards, he is dismayed until he remembers all the wonderful things he has to say about Mary Ann, a truly special friend. This familiar popularity-isn’t-everything tale shows the value of a steady, loyal companion who is there when needed. Munsinger’s costumed animal characters have their charm, even if they are a bit stereotyped. The emphasis on the pleasure of making and receiving handmade cards is a welcome message. A historical note about the origins of Valentine’s Day adds to this perfect choice for a February fourteenth storytime. Grades K-3. --Patricia Austin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060000856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060000851
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In A String of Hearts by Laura Malone Elliot, Sam wants to give just the right valentine to Tiffany, the most popular girl in the glass, but Sam has a lot of competition. When walking home from school, his friend Mary Ann asks him what's wrong. Sam tells her he needs to make a really good valentine, so Mary Ann promises Sam to show him how. Mary Ann gives Sam some valuable advice--that a valentine should say why you like a person and what's special about them. As it turns out, Sam discovers he really doesn't know much about Tiffany, but there is one person he could think of a hundred things to write about--his friend Mary Ann.

A String of Hearts reminds us of the true meaning of Valentine's Day and how special it makes you feel to receive a valentine. But it delivers a really strong message--that it's those valentines that take a lot of thought that soar to the top of the stack.
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Must have for your children or grandchildren no matter the gender! My kids love it, my daughter first got it from the library at school loved it so much we had to purchase it.
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This book is awesome. It is full of joy and love and laughter. The writing is awesome, but the color that Tiffany wears and the favorite color according to most of the students violet, not "purple". Purple is actually a red-violet color, while the mix of red and blue or the color itself on the 7-color spectrum is violet.

This is a book I would recommend to everyone, especially to check out from the library.
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