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Title:
Mushy! : the complete book of Valentine words
Author:
Graham-Barber, Lynda.
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
122 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Defines or explains various words commonly associated with Valentine's Day, such as "Cupid, " "heart, " and "romance, " and gives their origin or historical background.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780027369410
Format :
Book

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Defines or explains various words commonly associated with Valentine's Day, such as "Cupid," "heart," and "romance," and gives their origin or historical background.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. "Mushy" is what kids (especially boys) will say when they pick up this Valentine Day dictionary. Of course some readers (especially girls) will enjoy learning the derivation of words associated with Valentine Day, such as hugs, kisses, love, turtledove, and, naturally, mushy. Asides entitled "Do You Know" appear every couple of pages and offer interesting factoids: June is considered a favorable month to marry because it is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of fertility and marriage. There's also more practical information, like how to make an old-fashioned valentine card. The scrawled pen-and-ink illustrations are amusing but not in keeping with the mood of the book. And though there is an index, a book professing to be a dictionary really should be arranged in alphabetical order, or at least some order. Still, fun for young romantics. ~--Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-- A lively explanation of the words, symbols, attitudes, and customs associated with Valentine's Day. Combining history with folklore, Graham-Barber tells the story behind each word. Obvious terms like love and Cupid are included, but the significance of words even remotely related to the February holiday is also clearly presented. The format is easy to follow: words are presented in small groups, each with approximately a page of description. Lewin's cartoonlike illustrations heighten the vibrant tone and help focus on some of the interpretations. Students can look up specific words, but reading the entire book would be enjoyable as well. Edna Barth's Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses (Clarion, 1979) includes some of the same history and theories, but this new selection would still be a wise investment. --Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.