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Title:
Sweet hearts
Author:
Carr, Jan.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A young girl celebrates Valentine's Day by making and hiding paper hearts around the house for her family to discover. Includes directions for making hearts and a brief history of Valentine's Day.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 64433.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780823417322
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

One heart on the bathroom mirror, One heart in a shoe, One heart by my mommy's mug, To tell her "I love you!"
Follow a little panda as he hides hearts all over his house to surprise his family. He slips one into his mommy's sleeve; he places one near the baby's plate. No one is forgotten--not even Spot the dog!
There's lots of love to go around in this cheery and buoyant celebration of Valentine's Day.


Author Notes

Jan Carr has written both novels and picture books, including Sweet Hearts and The Greedy Apostrophe. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Dorothy Donohue grew up making paper Valentines for her friends and family and returned to paper cutouts while working on her first book. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their dogs.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. In keeping with the Valentine's Day custom of cutting out paper hearts, this offering is completely crafted with inventive cut-paper collages. In this simple story, one small panda decides to make and decorate paper hearts (instructions in the back) and scatter them all over the house: "One heart on the bathroom mirror, / One heart in a shoe / One heart by my mommy's mug / To tell her `I love you!'" Donohue, illustrator of Splish, Splash, Spring (2001), provides clever, colorful collages that steal the show, outshining the rather humdrum verse that tracks the little panda's "heart-and-seek" game. A brief history of Valentine's Day introduces this sweet-as-candy picture book that may inspire kids to invent their own holiday traditions. --Karin Snelson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Carr's (Splish, Splash, Spring) bouncy, rhymed verse and newcomer Donohue's neon-bright collages combine to create a mild guessing game. A toddler panda makes and hides Valentines for his family. He scrunches underneath the bathtub concealing "one heart in a shoe," and earnestly hides homemade Valentines for all the people he loves, even sending "one heart in an envelope" to Grandma far away. The toddler believes that he will surprise everyone, but readers can plainly see his parents watching from behind doors as he scatters his love notes everywhere. Cunning foil-trimmed hearts decorate checkerboard endpapers, while a foreword provides a historical context for the holiday and an afterword lists clear instructions for "How to Make Hearts." Donohue's pandas resemble three-dimensional, tissue-paper party ornaments, but their uniformly worried, toy animal eyes and staid expressions sometimes lack warmth. As the toddler fools his parents, and his parents fool him at the same time, by pretending to be fooled themselves, the complexity and secrecy multiply. Youngest readers may not fully understand the intended humor, but they likely will get the heartfelt message. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-A sneaky little panda secretly slips valentines into various hiding places for his parents to find. The rhymes are plain yet pleasant, "One heart on the bathroom mirror,/One heart in a shoe,/One heart by my mommy's mug/To tell her `I love you!'" Each construction-paper valentine is elaborately decorated with doilies and glitter glue. The panda family is also composed of layers of brightly colored paper, creating the effect of multidimensional collages, and the last page has easy instructions on how to cut out and decorate paper hearts. Preschoolers will enjoy both the colorful artwork and the simple rhymes.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.