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Saint Valentine Hardcover – November 1, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5–Tompert skillfully weaves together fact and legend about this Christian priest who was born in Rome during the third century A.D. Speculating that he may have been a nobleman, doctor, or shopkeeper, she describes how he and his Christian flock performed their religious rituals in secret to avoid persecution. Other legends include how Valentine sent parchment hearts to imprisoned Christians, his unsuccessful attempt to convert Claudius II to Christianity, his ability to restore a Roman army officer's daughter's sight through prayer, and his execution on February 14, circa A.D. 270. This clear telling goes a long way toward explaining who Valentine was and how Roman emperors tried to retain power by controlling religious beliefs. An author's note adds more information. The watercolor illustrations, done in earth tones, help to tell the story and depict Roman clothing and architecture. The human figures are a bit strange, however, with unfocused eyes, and joints, nose tips, and Adam's apples too prominently emphasized with carbuncular-looking circles. Overall, this is a worthy addition that complements Robert Sabuda's Saint Valentine (Atheneum, 1992), which focuses on the story of Valentine curing a blind girl with prayer and salve.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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About the Author
Kestutis Kasparavicius has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including Ann Tompert's Pied Piper of Peru. In 1993, he was honored as Illustrator of the Year by the Bologna Book Fair. He lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.
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Top customer reviews
I honestly didn't notice the illustrations in this one too much, because I was too engrossed in reading the text. I think in addition to the history itself, it provides some great discussion on the study of history itself. It is not shy about discussing religion, so classroom teachers may want to consider if it is appropriate for their students with a careful read first. It does have some advanced concepts in terms of persecution, oppressive government, etc. that make it a bit weighty for younger children. On the other hand, for older children, it can turn a sometimes frivolous holiday of Valentine's Day into a useful social studies tool to look at how this sort of historical situation relates to today's current events in the world.
Great book to dig deeper than Valentine's Day cards and candy hearts.