Reviews for It's Valentine's Day

School Library Journal Reviews 2014 March

Gr 1-3--If you have ever eaten the gift you meant to give to another, got caught in a third-grade love polygon, or had cherished property destroyed by pets, one of these 14 distinct poems by former Children's Poet Laureate Prelutsky will speak to you. In this new edition of Valentine's Day poems, Hafner's expressive illustrations update this collection with a bit more diversity of faces to introduce a new generation to these holiday gems. These images pair well with poems that are both funny and sweet, as Prelutsky's words aptly capture the age of early school years with poems set in the classroom, schoolyard, or home with odes to teachers, parents, pets, and "crummy" friends. Most poems translate well for this leveled reader, and rhythmic rhyming will help in decoding some of the more difficult words, but occasionally some vocabulary may be a bit challenging for a newly independent reader.--Danielle Jones, Multnomah County (OR) Library

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