This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins

This is Not a Valentine

This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins; illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. 2017. Brush marker, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, crayon, ink, and charcoal. Published by Chronicle Books.

Brief summary: A young boy gives a girl he loves several simple personal gifts that he knows she will like instead of a Valentine card.

Comments: We know that the little girl likes his gifts by the expressions on her face. Refreshing to have a different perspective on how to express one’s love on Valentine’s Day. Not mushy.

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Heart 2 Heart by Lois Ehlert

Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. 2017. Illustrated with cut paper. Published by Beach Lane Books.

Brief summary: Rebuses with large colorful letters and graphic image make puns as the book reveals a Valentine plea.

Comments: This encourages children to say out loud the letters and graphics to make the words of the puns. They will like  putting words together to make a sentence or question. Small book for small hands.

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