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Summary: It's almost bedtime on Valentines, and Lilly wants to find the perfect place to save her last treat before she goes to bed. This is a story about how we decide to save the things we cherish (at least for a little while).
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud, learning to read, easy reader
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Reading Level: 1.4
Age of Child: Read with child 2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: We read it so often those first few days, that by the third day s/he was reading it by themselves. In April we were still asking to take it to bed with us.
Adult Reader Reaction: It's a sweet story that moves quickly. The pictures say enough to let the "do it myself" toddler read for themselves.
Pros: It's short, Lilly is cute, and who doesn't try to savor their chocolate?
Cons: It's seasonal, and you'll likely only get away with one, maybe two, Valentine's Days where there will be an interest.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow this one. As sweet as it is--and it's a nice gift--it's topic limits its fun to February.
Educational Themes: Although there's a little bit of mystery in the story (where will Lilly save her heart), there aren't any teaching points. It's just a nice picture book.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, Valentines Day, picture book series
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004
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