Rating: 5 unique stars
Here's my first favorite Valentine's Day book. It's a silly little board book, but I just love it and the message it provides for kids. I can't find our copy, so this is based on my memory from reading it last year. And the year before that. And the year before that.
Mouse is preparing Valentine's Day cards for all of his friends. But he doesn't make them as most kids do these days--just buy a box, pop in some high-fructose-corn-syrup-filled candy, and sign his name. Nope. "Mouse wants each one to be just right." He stops to think of each of his friends, and what they like to do, and then he creates a unique card for each of them.
|Lorelei's owls, Ben's bumblebee|
For Moose, for example, he thinks of how much Moose likes art, and creates a masterpiece of art for him. Because Pig is such a good dancer, Mouse creates a card with a music note bursting with joy.
For anyone familiar with all of Laura Numeroff's books (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, etc.), the images will be familiar--almost all of them are taken from different books, so it's like a gathering of sorts of all those fun illustrations by Felicia Bond showing the animals at their wackiest.
But I love the message: Be thoughtful; think of the other person as you create a card just for them. We make our own Valentine's Day cards--not sure how long this will last, but I love it for now--and I was proud of Lorelei when she wanted to add glasses to two of her owl valentines. "Red ones for Ritvik, purple ones for Jessica!" I of course obliged; was so happy for her thoughtful additions.
Happy Valentine's Day, all.