cover image Ruby Valentine Saves the Day

Ruby Valentine Saves the Day

Laurie Friedman, illus. by Lynne Avril, Lerner/Carolrhoda, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-4213-7

In Ruby's second outing, she and her cockatoo, Lovebird, prepare for their Valentine's Day party. But when a snowstorm interferes, Ruby sobs and eats ice cream in her bathrobe. Lovebird suggests, "If no one can make it here,/ let's take the party there." At this point, Ruby becomes something of a Valentine's Day anti-Grinch, sledding down the hill from her home to deliver cheer to the residents of Heartland below. Though Ruby's realization—that it's not the "presents, cards, or cake" that makes a party, but friends—feels syrupy, her enthusiasm and generosity are infectious. Ages 5–9. (Nov.)