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The Biggest Valentine Ever Paperback – January 1, 2006
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About the Author
Jeni Bassett has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, The Squirrel's Thanksgiving, and It's Groundhog Day. She lives in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
The ultimate message is that while working together sometimes means not having things exactly the way you would have done it, it also means being able to use one another's strengths and talents to make something better than either would be able to create alone. And what they end up creating is bigger and better than either of them would have conceived of on their own.
The story itself is pretty simplistic and the message is very accessible for young school-aged children. Probably best for preschool-age and older as a read-to-me book, or a good early reader book (probably 2nd grade level and up) to read alone.
The illustrations are nice -- nothing spectacular or memorable as a standalone effort, but they tell the story well. I like that the little boys show no issues with using pink hearts and glitter as befits Valentine's Day -- no needless attempt to have them make a "boy" valentine. They even dress their final attempt with lace doily. :-) That does a nice job at making this book accessible for both boys and girls.
The only thing that strikes me as a bit odd is the first page of the book, which says "Once there were two mice who fell in love with the same valentine, but it didn't start out that way." I don't really see what that has to do with the rest of the story and it doesn't really make sense (I've tried to relate it, to no avail), but it doesn't bother me that much, because I had forgotten about it by the end of the story.
Overall, I think this is a nice read for a home story, or for a classroom read.
I love the message in the story that you can do more together than you can alone and that when you work as a team, you have to compromise what you want some for the good of the project and treat others nicely. What the two mice learn is that they created something bigger and better than they could have done by themselves. In the end, they learn that working together was more satisfying than working solo.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and detailed and really contribute to the story well. If you're looking for a cute Valentine's book with a great message or if you are a teacher like me, you can also use this as a values lesson about friendship and teamwork, then this is the perfect book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, met my expectations and more, timely shipping, will do business with these folks again.Published 2 months ago by Rita K. Woodman
My daughter just loves this book. And I like the lesson it teaches, I know this book will get many reads out of it and the price is awesome on it tooPublished 5 months ago by AbbyR
Cute story about working together and sharing. Both kids enjoyed the book.Published 5 months ago by RS