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Author: Laura Numeroff

Illustrator: Felicia Bond

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Publisher: Balzer and Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2010

Material: board book

Summary: Mouse is making Valentine's Day cards for his friends. As he makes each one, he thinks about what he loves about them. Just as he is getting ready to give out his valentines, there is a knock on the door ... all of his friends have brought him special valentines. This board book re-acquaints young readers with the characters in the If You Give series.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 0.5

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter squealed with delight as she remembered each of Mouse's friends. "I remember Moose ..." "Oh, look at Pig ..."

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a delightful book and a great companion to the other If You Give books in the series. That said, the characters are named for the animal they are, so you don't have to know any of the other stories to enjoy this one. This would make an excellent easy reader.

Pros: Playful illustrations and light text make this a fun, engaging book to share any time, not just on Valentine's Day.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! I wish I had had this when my daughter was younger. There is a lot to enjoy with this book.


Educational Themes: This is a book to read just for fun. It is an excellent choice to read with toddlers and preschoolers if you want to practice concepts, colors, animal sounds, object identification. It will also be a great confidence builder for new readers, as there is a lot of repeated, familiar vocabulary.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, holiday, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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