10 Valentine Friends: A Holiday Counting Book

Janet Schulman, Author, Linda Davick, Illustrator
Janet Schulman, illus. by Linda Davick. Knopf, $8.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-375-86967-9
Reviewed on: 11/28/2011
Release date: 12/27/2011
Fourth in Davick and the late Schulman’s holiday-themed series of counting books, this outing focuses on 10 children’s Valentine’s Day preparations. In each scene, a child creates a personalized valentine for one of his or her friends: “Tom likes to pretend to be a gorilla. Guess what he gets from his neighbor Priscilla./ Annie Lee knows how Pete likes bugs./ He’ll really dig her squishy slugs!” The valentines are collected on the right side of each spread, while the kids busy themselves making cards, decorating a house with streamers and balloons, and enjoying party food. The bright, eye-catching spreads offer ample details for readers to explore, and the upbeat rhymes (and the emphasis on tailor-made gifts) should help get them in the mood for some craft projects of their own. Ages 3–8. (Dec.)
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