Valentines, valentines, big ones and small--I love making valentines. I love it all!Ribbons, glitter, lace, and paste are all fun things to use when creating special Valentine's Day cards. Young children will enjoy reading this sweet rhyming story, narrated by a young child who loves to make cards and give them to family, friends, and classmates. But the very best thing of all is getting your very own valentines on Valentine's Day!
The title is sweetly misleading, since the ursine narrator enjoys everything having to do with February 14: immersing oneself in the valentine-making process ("Cutting paper and lace,/ smearing glue sticks/ and paste"), giving them to friends near and far, fashioning a class valentine for the teacher and, of course, being on the receiving end of a paw-shaped heart (made by the bear's pet dog). Melcher works in soft colors and tones, and populates her pictures with a cuddly menagerie, but she also peppers the pages with visual humor (the bear stands on his dog's head in order to reach the mail slot), and she consistently picks interesting framings. In a scene in which the teacher hands out class valentines, the illustrator shows the children at desk level, crowding together in eager anticipation. Hudson's concise rhymes make this a quick read-and an ideal prelude to preparing valentines for the class or launching into a heart-themed craft. Ages 3-5. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.