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Valentine Surprise Hardcover – December 26, 2007


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“The simple text, which teaches shapes and days of the week, is just right for young children, who will recognize their own craft-project frustrations in Lily’s experience. The story is sweet without being sappy, and Alley’s soft, pencil-and-watercolor illustrations add to the warm tone. This cozy story is an excellent choice for a family-oriented Valentine’s Day reading.” —Booklist
 
From Kirkus Reviews
“With its subtle teaching of days and shapes, this is one that teachers will reach for each February. Alley’s Lily has a face for all her feelings and actions—hopeful, disappointed, concentrating and working hard. Readers can only hope that the closing illustration hints to a future St. Patrick’s Day outing with Lily. Lily’s solution is a salute to creativity, ingenuity and thinking outside the box; it will have all parents cheering her efforts and hoping that their own child takes a page from her book.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

CORINNE DEMAS is the author of many popular books for adults and children, including Saying Goodbye to Lulu, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and won the ASPCA Henry Berg award.  She is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her Web site at www.corinnedemas.com.

 

R.W. ALLEY has illustrated nearly a hundred books for children, including Tiger Can’t Sleep by S.J. Ford, Cat Skiddo by Bethany Roberts and the beloved Paddington series.  He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two sons.  Visit his Web site at www.rwalley.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796646
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Corinne Demas is the author of two collections of short stories, three novels, a memoir, a collection of poetry, two plays, and numerous books for children. She is Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of the Massachusetts Review. Before the year 2000, she published her books under the name Corinne Demas Bliss.

Corinne grew up in New York City, in Stuyvesant Town, the subject of her memoir, "Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town 1948-1968". She attended Hunter College High School, graduated from Tufts University, and completed a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She lived in Pittsburgh for a number of years, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College.

She lives with her family in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod. You will find more information at her website: www.corinnedemas.com

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Pianin on January 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loves this story of a little girl "Lily" who wants so badly to make her mommy a perfect heart-shaped valentine. She tries and tries for a week but each one she cuts out has a problem (too curvy, too pointy, lopsided, etc.). The point of it all is that in her mommy's eyes they are all perfect because they were made with love. And isn't that what a valentine really should be?
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Format: Hardcover
The children enjoyed this book and it was a nice addition to our holiday reads. The format was appealing to the children in my class.
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