{"id":5610656903,"title":"Valentine Be Mine","handle":"valentine-be-mine","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jacqueline-farmer\" title=\"Author Jacqueline Farmer\"\u003eJacqueline Farmer \u003c\/a\u003e\/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"Illustrator Magan Halsey\" href=\"\/pages\/megan-halsey\"\u003eMegan Halsey\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca title=\"Illustrator Sean Addy\" href=\"\/pages\/sean-addy\"\u003eSean Addy\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThe story behind this romantic holiday.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChocolate, flowers, poems, gifts—all of these things are readily associated with Valentine’s Day, the most romantic holiday of the year. But how did this day devoted to the celebration of love come to be? How have the traditions associated with February 14th changed over the years, and how do people in countries around the world mark the occasion?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn \u003cem\u003eValentine Be Mine\u003c\/em\u003e, readers learn all about this special holiday, from its origin in Rome in the first century all the way to the distribution of Valentines among grade school students in classrooms today. A secondary layer of text provides more detailed information encouraging further research and discovery, while the collage-style art gives readers plenty of visual details to explore and uncover.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn addition to providing fascinating facts and stories about this romantic holiday, the book includes Valentine’s Day jokes and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Valentine’s Day card and tissue paper flowers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/o-christmas-tree\" title=\"O Christmas Tree\"\u003eO Christmas Tree\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/valentine-be-mine-spread.jpg?v=1584472317\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJacqueline Farmer, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJacqueline Farmer is the author of \u003ci\u003eBananas!\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eO Christmas Tree\u003c\/i\u003e. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jacqueline-farmer\" title=\"Author Jacqueline Farmer\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Jackie.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMegan Halsey and Sean Addy, illustrators\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMegan Halsey has illustrated more than two dozen books for children, including \u003cem\u003eAmelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World\u003c\/em\u003e and Anne Rockwell’s \u003cem\u003eOne Bean\u003c\/em\u003e (Walker). She lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Megan Halsey\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/megan-halsey\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Megan Halsey.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSean Addy received his B.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His graphic design work has appeared in many papers and magazines. Sean is the co-illustrator of \u003cem\u003eAmelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World\u003c\/em\u003e. Sean lives in Port Jervis, New York.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Sean Addy\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/sean-addy\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Sean Addy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDon’t let the pink jacket and fancy script fool you. Farmer uses soundly researched facts far beyond the hearts and flowers normally associated with romantic love to explore the complex history of Valentine’s Day. She begins with the pagan and eventual Christian origins of the holiday, pointing out that no less than three different Roman bishops and priests named Valentine were martyred for their acts of love and devotion. Quotes from famous poets and writers are found in the margins, including many from Chaucer, who was reportedly the first to connect the holiday to romance. Two crafts, interspersed within the body of the book, help realize the urge to use this information for practical use; namely, a construction-paper valentine folded up like a mouse and a tissue-paper flower. Collage art that mimics old-fashioned Valentine’s illustrations is irresistible and references traditional symbols of Cupid, doves, and chocolate. The high-interest nature of many of the facts presented here may inspire students to explore the traditions and folklore associated with other common holidays. Grades 2-5. \u003cem\u003e–Erin Anderson\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFarmer (\u003cem\u003eO Christmas Tree\u003c\/em\u003e, 2010) offers a compelling survey of the history, legends, traditions and symbols of Valentine’s Day for the primary school set.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis nonfiction title is best read cover to cover instead of flipped through to locate specific information, since there is no table of contents or index to aid in locating specific facts. Readers first learn that the holiday’s origins can be traced to ancient Rome, but they will be intrigued to learn how religious figures, a poet, an imprisoned nobleman and an entrepreneurial woman in Massachusetts called the “Mother of the American Valentine” have all helped shape this special day in February. The information is presented succinctly, on topical pages consisting of a few paragraphs of text, and illustrators Halsey and Addy add playful touches with their mixed-media collage utilizing photographs, vintage clip art, hand-drawn images and acrylic paints. After the history has been covered, readers learn more about the significance of the holiday symbols and traditions involving Cupid, doves, hearts, chocolates and flowers. A couple of quick craft projects, a page of Valentine’s Day jokes and a smattering of quotes about love interspersed throughout the book all add appeal for young students.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA solid nonfiction offering; libraries should buy multiples. (Nonfiction. 6-9)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eValentine’s Day is about more than just creating paper hearts and eating too much candy—at least, it used to be. Farmer presents a historical overview of the holiday, including the origins of its name (from three saints, all named Valentine and all martyred on February 14) and practice (including ties to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia), the evolution of the holiday’s traditions, and its symbolism. Halsey and Addy’s mixed-media collages are suggestive of handmade valentines, with a blend of classic imagery (Cupid, flowers, doves) and vintage and modern photographs of couples and families, all assembled on painted canvas backdrops. Romantic quotations from the likes of Picasso, Plato, and Tennyson appear on banners and hearts; craft ideas, jokes, and mentions of global celebrations of Valentine’s Day lend additional substance to this wide-ranging look at the holiday.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis engaging presentation is chock-full of fascinating information. Readers will learn the origin of the holiday's name and why it is celebrated on February 14; traditions dating back to ancient Rome; how a Massachusetts woman created the Valentine card industry; and why cupids, flowers, and chocolates are popular symbols around the world. Parts of the book are presented in a scrapbook format, and factual matter is interspersed with mixed-media collage, including vintage photographs and clip art, romantic quotes written on hearts, and hand-drawn images. A couple of craft projects and Valentine jokes add to the fun. This book could be useful for classroom research or just read for enjoyment. A lovely addition to holiday bookshelves. \u003cem\u003e–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/valentine-be-mine-cvr.jpg?v=1457968629\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/valentine-be-mine-hires.zip?1885830603891827732\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/valentine-be-mine-bookseller-kit.pdf?1885830603891827732\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Bookseller Kit\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaperback\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-390-9\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book PDF\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-467-4\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 5-8\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e8 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 11\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2016-03-14T11:48:00-04:00","created_at":"2016-03-14T11:16:19-04:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 3-6","Browse by Age_Ages 6-10","Browse by Format_Picture Book","Browse by Subject_Holidays"],"price":795,"price_min":795,"price_max":795,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":17697201671,"title":"Paperback","option1":"Paperback","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"93909","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Valentine Be Mine - Paperback","public_title":"Paperback","options":["Paperback"],"price":795,"weight":184,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-58089-390-9"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/valentine-be-mine-cover.jpg?v=1586806685"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/valentine-be-mine-cover.jpg?v=1586806685","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":"Valentine Be Mine book cover","id":5804823838799,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.777,"height":772,"width":600,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/valentine-be-mine-cover.jpg?v=1574285157"},"aspect_ratio":0.777,"height":772,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/valentine-be-mine-cover.jpg?v=1574285157","width":600}],"content":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jacqueline-farmer\" title=\"Author Jacqueline Farmer\"\u003eJacqueline Farmer \u003c\/a\u003e\/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"Illustrator Magan Halsey\" href=\"\/pages\/megan-halsey\"\u003eMegan Halsey\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca title=\"Illustrator Sean Addy\" href=\"\/pages\/sean-addy\"\u003eSean Addy\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThe story behind this romantic holiday.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChocolate, flowers, poems, gifts—all of these things are readily associated with Valentine’s Day, the most romantic holiday of the year. But how did this day devoted to the celebration of love come to be? How have the traditions associated with February 14th changed over the years, and how do people in countries around the world mark the occasion?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn \u003cem\u003eValentine Be Mine\u003c\/em\u003e, readers learn all about this special holiday, from its origin in Rome in the first century all the way to the distribution of Valentines among grade school students in classrooms today. A secondary layer of text provides more detailed information encouraging further research and discovery, while the collage-style art gives readers plenty of visual details to explore and uncover.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn addition to providing fascinating facts and stories about this romantic holiday, the book includes Valentine’s Day jokes and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Valentine’s Day card and tissue paper flowers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/o-christmas-tree\" title=\"O Christmas Tree\"\u003eO Christmas Tree\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/valentine-be-mine-spread.jpg?v=1584472317\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJacqueline Farmer, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJacqueline Farmer is the author of \u003ci\u003eBananas!\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eO Christmas Tree\u003c\/i\u003e. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jacqueline-farmer\" title=\"Author Jacqueline Farmer\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Jackie.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMegan Halsey and Sean Addy, illustrators\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMegan Halsey has illustrated more than two dozen books for children, including \u003cem\u003eAmelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World\u003c\/em\u003e and Anne Rockwell’s \u003cem\u003eOne Bean\u003c\/em\u003e (Walker). She lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Megan Halsey\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/megan-halsey\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Megan Halsey.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSean Addy received his B.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His graphic design work has appeared in many papers and magazines. Sean is the co-illustrator of \u003cem\u003eAmelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World\u003c\/em\u003e. Sean lives in Port Jervis, New York.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Sean Addy\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/sean-addy\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Sean Addy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDon’t let the pink jacket and fancy script fool you. Farmer uses soundly researched facts far beyond the hearts and flowers normally associated with romantic love to explore the complex history of Valentine’s Day. She begins with the pagan and eventual Christian origins of the holiday, pointing out that no less than three different Roman bishops and priests named Valentine were martyred for their acts of love and devotion. Quotes from famous poets and writers are found in the margins, including many from Chaucer, who was reportedly the first to connect the holiday to romance. Two crafts, interspersed within the body of the book, help realize the urge to use this information for practical use; namely, a construction-paper valentine folded up like a mouse and a tissue-paper flower. Collage art that mimics old-fashioned Valentine’s illustrations is irresistible and references traditional symbols of Cupid, doves, and chocolate. The high-interest nature of many of the facts presented here may inspire students to explore the traditions and folklore associated with other common holidays. Grades 2-5. \u003cem\u003e–Erin Anderson\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFarmer (\u003cem\u003eO Christmas Tree\u003c\/em\u003e, 2010) offers a compelling survey of the history, legends, traditions and symbols of Valentine’s Day for the primary school set.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis nonfiction title is best read cover to cover instead of flipped through to locate specific information, since there is no table of contents or index to aid in locating specific facts. Readers first learn that the holiday’s origins can be traced to ancient Rome, but they will be intrigued to learn how religious figures, a poet, an imprisoned nobleman and an entrepreneurial woman in Massachusetts called the “Mother of the American Valentine” have all helped shape this special day in February. The information is presented succinctly, on topical pages consisting of a few paragraphs of text, and illustrators Halsey and Addy add playful touches with their mixed-media collage utilizing photographs, vintage clip art, hand-drawn images and acrylic paints. After the history has been covered, readers learn more about the significance of the holiday symbols and traditions involving Cupid, doves, hearts, chocolates and flowers. A couple of quick craft projects, a page of Valentine’s Day jokes and a smattering of quotes about love interspersed throughout the book all add appeal for young students.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA solid nonfiction offering; libraries should buy multiples. (Nonfiction. 6-9)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eValentine’s Day is about more than just creating paper hearts and eating too much candy—at least, it used to be. Farmer presents a historical overview of the holiday, including the origins of its name (from three saints, all named Valentine and all martyred on February 14) and practice (including ties to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia), the evolution of the holiday’s traditions, and its symbolism. Halsey and Addy’s mixed-media collages are suggestive of handmade valentines, with a blend of classic imagery (Cupid, flowers, doves) and vintage and modern photographs of couples and families, all assembled on painted canvas backdrops. Romantic quotations from the likes of Picasso, Plato, and Tennyson appear on banners and hearts; craft ideas, jokes, and mentions of global celebrations of Valentine’s Day lend additional substance to this wide-ranging look at the holiday.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis engaging presentation is chock-full of fascinating information. Readers will learn the origin of the holiday's name and why it is celebrated on February 14; traditions dating back to ancient Rome; how a Massachusetts woman created the Valentine card industry; and why cupids, flowers, and chocolates are popular symbols around the world. Parts of the book are presented in a scrapbook format, and factual matter is interspersed with mixed-media collage, including vintage photographs and clip art, romantic quotes written on hearts, and hand-drawn images. A couple of craft projects and Valentine jokes add to the fun. This book could be useful for classroom research or just read for enjoyment. 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Valentine Be Mine

By: Jacqueline Farmer / Illustrated by: Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

The story behind this romantic holiday.

Chocolate, flowers, poems, gifts—all of these things are readily associated with Valentine’s Day, the most romantic holiday of the year. But how did this day devoted to the celebration of love come to be? How have the traditions associated with February 14th changed over the years, and how do people in countries around the world mark the occasion?

In Valentine Be Mine, readers learn all about this special holiday, from its origin in Rome in the first century all the way to the distribution of Valentines among grade school students in classrooms today. A secondary layer of text provides more detailed information encouraging further research and discovery, while the collage-style art gives readers plenty of visual details to explore and uncover.

In addition to providing fascinating facts and stories about this romantic holiday, the book includes Valentine’s Day jokes and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Valentine’s Day card and tissue paper flowers.

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Jacqueline Farmer, author

Jacqueline Farmer is the author of Bananas! and O Christmas Tree. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Megan Halsey and Sean Addy, illustrators

Megan Halsey has illustrated more than two dozen books for children, including Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World and Anne Rockwell’s One Bean (Walker). She lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

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Sean Addy received his B.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His graphic design work has appeared in many papers and magazines. Sean is the co-illustrator of Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World. Sean lives in Port Jervis, New York.

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Don’t let the pink jacket and fancy script fool you. Farmer uses soundly researched facts far beyond the hearts and flowers normally associated with romantic love to explore the complex history of Valentine’s Day. She begins with the pagan and eventual Christian origins of the holiday, pointing out that no less than three different Roman bishops and priests named Valentine were martyred for their acts of love and devotion. Quotes from famous poets and writers are found in the margins, including many from Chaucer, who was reportedly the first to connect the holiday to romance. Two crafts, interspersed within the body of the book, help realize the urge to use this information for practical use; namely, a construction-paper valentine folded up like a mouse and a tissue-paper flower. Collage art that mimics old-fashioned Valentine’s illustrations is irresistible and references traditional symbols of Cupid, doves, and chocolate. The high-interest nature of many of the facts presented here may inspire students to explore the traditions and folklore associated with other common holidays. Grades 2-5. –Erin Anderson

Kirkus Reviews

Farmer (O Christmas Tree, 2010) offers a compelling survey of the history, legends, traditions and symbols of Valentine’s Day for the primary school set.

This nonfiction title is best read cover to cover instead of flipped through to locate specific information, since there is no table of contents or index to aid in locating specific facts. Readers first learn that the holiday’s origins can be traced to ancient Rome, but they will be intrigued to learn how religious figures, a poet, an imprisoned nobleman and an entrepreneurial woman in Massachusetts called the “Mother of the American Valentine” have all helped shape this special day in February. The information is presented succinctly, on topical pages consisting of a few paragraphs of text, and illustrators Halsey and Addy add playful touches with their mixed-media collage utilizing photographs, vintage clip art, hand-drawn images and acrylic paints. After the history has been covered, readers learn more about the significance of the holiday symbols and traditions involving Cupid, doves, hearts, chocolates and flowers. A couple of quick craft projects, a page of Valentine’s Day jokes and a smattering of quotes about love interspersed throughout the book all add appeal for young students.

A solid nonfiction offering; libraries should buy multiples. (Nonfiction. 6-9)

Publishers Weekly

Valentine’s Day is about more than just creating paper hearts and eating too much candy—at least, it used to be. Farmer presents a historical overview of the holiday, including the origins of its name (from three saints, all named Valentine and all martyred on February 14) and practice (including ties to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia), the evolution of the holiday’s traditions, and its symbolism. Halsey and Addy’s mixed-media collages are suggestive of handmade valentines, with a blend of classic imagery (Cupid, flowers, doves) and vintage and modern photographs of couples and families, all assembled on painted canvas backdrops. Romantic quotations from the likes of Picasso, Plato, and Tennyson appear on banners and hearts; craft ideas, jokes, and mentions of global celebrations of Valentine’s Day lend additional substance to this wide-ranging look at the holiday.

School Library Journal

This engaging presentation is chock-full of fascinating information. Readers will learn the origin of the holiday's name and why it is celebrated on February 14; traditions dating back to ancient Rome; how a Massachusetts woman created the Valentine card industry; and why cupids, flowers, and chocolates are popular symbols around the world. Parts of the book are presented in a scrapbook format, and factual matter is interspersed with mixed-media collage, including vintage photographs and clip art, romantic quotes written on hearts, and hand-drawn images. A couple of craft projects and Valentine jokes add to the fun. This book could be useful for classroom research or just read for enjoyment. A lovely addition to holiday bookshelves. –Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-390-9

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-467-4
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11