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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2nd
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish; 1st edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–On Valentine's Day, Minna shares cards and goodies with her classmates. As she and her brother walk home, they talk about their day. Worried that their neighbors might not receive any valentines, they formulate a plan to make cards for them. The story is illustrated with vibrant cut-paper collages in brilliant colors. The characters are all rabbits in various shades of brown, tan, and gray. Wallace has incorporated the history and meaning of the holiday into the narrative and presents examples of celebrations around the world. Directions for making Minna and Pip's creations–a flag with a butterfly, a heart mobile, and a tic-tac-heart game–are depicted in the text and artwork, and readers will be inspired to make their own versions. This exciting and beautifully illustrated book is a fine addition to holiday collections.–Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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PreS-Gr. 1. Wallace, who has used her bright, deceptively simple paper cuts to bring subjects such as autumn and apples to life, now turns her attention to the ever-popular topic of Valentine's Day. As in past books, the starring characters are young rabbits. In Minna's classroom, the teacher gives a short history of the holiday, and then a party ensues. But the real story begins when Minna and her younger brother make valentines for the neighbors. Their well-intentioned endeavor runs into a few snags, though ultimately everything ends happily. Wallace's bunnies are so adorable they could be discussing how paint dries and they'd still be fun to look at, and the story brings home the pleasures of Valentine's Day, a red-letter day on most kids' calendars. Perhaps most important, the book stresses how sharing the holiday spirit can make everyone happy. Ilene Cooper
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Customer Reviews

The story is cute and simple, easy to follow and full of sweet love.
Faithful Reader, USA
It gives history for Valentine's Day, shows thoughtfulness, and also is filled with ideas on great handmade Valentine's Day cards that any bunny or kiddo can make.
Colleen D. Gallagher
We read it for bedtime one night and they haven't asked to read it again, even when it was offered.
Rachel Dawn

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It was circle time in Mrs. Bloom's classroom and Minna was the calendar helper for the day. Valentine's Day was a very special holiday and everyone was exited to share what they knew about it. Everyone talked about the nice things that happened and, said Vanessa, "My dad gave my mom flowers." Mrs. Bloom sat in her yellow chair and began to talk about how Valentine's Day had been celebrated and how it could have started. She told them several ways, but ended by telling them that "for hundreds of years, sweethearts have been sending each other notes and cards, gifts and flowers."

Dave really didn't like all that lovey dovey stuff, but had to admit that learning about how people celebrated Valentine's Day around the world was interesting. After their special valentine's snack, the children in Minna's class exchanged all kinds of handmade valentine's. When Minna and her brother, Pip, were walking home after school, they ran into Mrs. Wunder. "I wonder," Minna said, "if grown-ups get valentines?" Mmmm, maybe Pip and Minna could make some for them. Out came the art box filled with supplies and they started to work. What kind of special valentines could they make for their neighbors?

This is the perfect book about Valentine's Day for classroom use. Mrs. Bloom, Minna bunny's classroom teacher, discusses several aspects of the holiday including its possible origins, Valentine's Day traditions, the symbol of love, who Cupid was, and how it is celebrated in various countries. Minna and Pip also learn that creating special cards for others is something that is definitely appreciated. The artwork, cut paper collage, is bright, colorful, and quite appealing. This book is primarily a curriculum-based one filled with activities that can be used in the homeschool and classroom setting. If you need an all-around Valentine's Day book, with suggestions for cards incorporated in the text, you may want to add this one to your list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2013
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My daughter is 3 and LOVES books with animals, but this one didn't really thrill her. The pictures look like animals cut out from construction paper style. They are bright and colorful, but not detailed. The story is WAY too long for a young kids' book. It's got about 3 paragraphs of story on each page and b/c the pictures aren't that exciting to look at and the story isn't too interesting, my daughter kept wanting to turn the page before I even got done reading. Maybe if you had an older child, but even then, the story is aimed at younger kids, so I guess this one kinda misses the mark all the way around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Caparco on March 2, 2008
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I purchased this book for our library because most of the books describing Valentine's Day are boring, outdated and worn. This fresh perspective includes facts, plus gives you ideas on how to make your own valentines. To me, it is "killing two birds with one stone," but really three birds when you think how much you have enjoyed the story and illustrations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on March 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My son loves Valentines and we have gotten totally off track with holidays so we are reading the books as we get to them. This picture book is about 2 "kids" bringing Valentine joy to their neighbors. I thought it was a sweet book and my 8-year-old son loves bunnies. Recommended for preschool - 2nd grade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2013
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Valentine Express is a nice, little book that, for some, may try to do too much. It touches on the history of Valentine's Day, its celebration in different countries, and traditional Valentine Day gifts. Much of the information is conveyed in a classroom setting, a class full of rabbit students.

The last part of the book deals with brother/sister siblings making valentine cards for neighbors and friends who may not have received any cards.

I found the simulated construction paper graphics unique and interesting; on same pages they had a multidimensional look with an appearance of depth.

Valentine Express is a bit long for a read-aloud story buy could stimulate ideas and discussions about personally made gifts or cards, sharing, and caring. I think many or most third graders could read this book independently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fitzgerald Fan VINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
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While I liked this book and thought it gave some cool activity ideas for kids during Valentine's Day, it was packed with too much information. My four year old, who LIVES for reading, lost interest fairly quickly (which rarely happens). I think even older children would find that it's simply overkill here. The author went too far trying to pack in every possible tidbit of information about the holiday (and some speculation as well) instead of working to create a fun story.
As I said, there are some great activity ideas which make it worth the price, but don't plan to sit down and read it unless you have a lot of time on your hands.
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I loved the book. The younger kids really loved the love and kindness expressed in this book by the bunnies. It had the history of Valentines which most do not know and gave great ideas about things to do. There were cute examples of hand made Valentines, that we may use next year.

Great for pre -Valentines Day read or for anyone who just loves bunnies.

You may prefer to break it up and read just the parts separate to the little ones, like read just the part about the history of Valentines by itself on day.
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We have read one other book by Nancy Wallace called Fly, Monarch! Fly! And really loved how the story personified bunnies to tell facts about monarch butterflies. Wallace's illustrations and bunnies are adorable. Similarly, The Valentine Express also uses the same cute bunnies to tell facts about Valentine's Day as well as tell a story about the bunnies delivering handmade treats on their Valentine Express.

The story starts in the classroom with the bunnies in class discussing Valentine's Day with their teacher. Then goes on to show a little Valentine's Day party in school where the bunnies receive treats and Valentine's from their classmates. On their way home from school they pass their neighbor on crutches and ask him if he got lots of Valentine's too. But he did not. The young bunnies begin to wonder if their older bunny neighbors got any Valentine's Day cards and came to the conclusion that many probably did not get any. In a very thoughtful way the bunnies make the Valentine Express to spread Valentine cheer around their neighborhood.

I think this book is perfect for a first or second grade classroom. It gives history for Valentine's Day, shows thoughtfulness, and also is filled with ideas on great handmade Valentine's Day cards that any bunny or kiddo can make.
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I love being out in Nature in all seasons - hiking, camping, star gazing, playing in the snow, gardening, beach combing - looking... listening...touching... being filled with WONDER. Nature is where many of the ideas for books come from. I love doing research and having those - WOW! I didn't know that - moments. I also paint seascapes... and love going to art museums. Guess which of my books that inspired! I write and illustrate books about what I love to do and what I care about. I love sharing with children and adults, my writing process, how I create my artwork and sharing what I have learned about visual literacy. Happy me, lucky me, being a children's book author and illustrator.

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