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Valentine Books !

Last week I mentioned that I needed some help finding some great books for Valentine’s Day, and as always I was not let down! I got so many reviews here are just some of the great suggestions that were sent in. Thanks !

“Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink” by Diane deGroat

This book was one of my favorite stories to read for Valentine’s Day when I was an elementary librarian. In deGroat’s story, a class of assorted animals are assigned to write Valentine poems for all of their classmates. One student, who had been picked on by some of his classmates, uses the Valentine card-exchange to send rude messages to the bullies. Ultimately, the classmates apologize and rewrite their poems, reminding readers of the value of kind expression.

Sent in by Amber @ Librarianism Chronicles

“Dinosaur Valentine” by Liza Donnelly is a hit every year. It is a very delightful story about a little dinosaur enthusiast who makes dinosaur valentines with his dog. They deliver their valentines and as they are walking through the woods they receive a mysterious valentine with an invitation to a party. Things take a turn from realist fiction as they spot an Othnielia in the dog catchers truck and the race is on to save her. They save her after a few close calls and find out she is the one who invited them to a party – a dinosaur party!

Sent in by Amanda@ Going Green In Gainsville


“Gossie”
by Olivier Dunrea

This a wonderful story about a sweet little gossling and her favorite red boots. The images are simple and yet filled with rich detail; the text is rhythmic and engaging. You and your little one will enjoy following Gossie on her adventures as she shares with you all the ways she loves to wear her red boots until one day she can’t find them. Gossie’s experiences with her boots will help teach your toddler about the notions of backward, forward, uphill, downhill, etc. As if that isn’t enough, this little gem ends with the a terrific example of sharing and friendship when she finds them on her friend Gertie. My almost two-year old daughter loves it and I love it as well.

Sent in by Chris @ Momtonic

“I Love You This Much by Lynn Hodges

This story between parent and child is about how the parent loves the child through out the day. The same way God loves his children through out the day. The lullaby tells just how much the parent loves the child and makes me cry every time I read the book to my girls.

Sent in by Andi @ Memories Are The Scraps Of Life

“A Circle Is Not a Valentine” by H. Werner Zimmerman.
It is a humorous little story about Alphonse, who wants to paint a valentine for his mouse friend. It is a great story that promotes participation from the kids, and helps them to identify different shapes. My girls love to read it over and over again!

Sent in by Karen @ Growing With The Girls

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Valentine’s Books

I just don’t have many and most that I have found are boring me , so I decided to send out a call for help! If you have a Valentine’s book that your children or students love send me a review! I will post your review with a link to your blog . I will be posting these next week in a big book round up! Also I like giving my son books for holidays so you’ll be helping me shop too ! If I have duplicate reviews it will be first come first serve .

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Folded Paper Dreidel
Whether you are Jewish or not playing dreidel games are fun!
Thanks to my friend Andy who shared this craft with us! For a full overview of how and why dreidels are played with during Hanukkah click here

  • You will need two pieces of construction paper and a pen or pencil, and tape.
  • Draw out lines to denote the fold for the top, the side, and then the bottom. I’d make the bottom part a bit longer than I have them so they’ll come together better and so the pen/pencil won’t be lopsided like mine is. It makes 3 sides, but you only need 4 or 2 if you’re doing 2 different colors.

  • This is what each side should look like once cut out. Draw the symbols on now, before you make it into the box.

  • The four sides place together for the top. Poke the hole now

  • Once you fold the four sides up and tape them, fold the corners of each bottom section to form a bit of a point to lead down to the spinning part of the pen/pencil (I think a pencil may work better).
  • This is a picture of all the folds that will need to be done

  • Then tape all the angled bottoms together and stick the pen/pencil into it.
  • Bottom view:

  • Top view:

For instructions on how to play with your dreidel and the symbols click here

Books!

“Hanukkah Moon” by Debra Da Costa is a magical book, reading it reminded me of reading “The Red Tent” it was very empowering , to see a little girl learn about her aunt’s Mexican Hanukkah traditions and all about Hanukkah moon ! The book is wonderful for anyone, I know for me when I think of Hanukkah I think of friends I grew up with in Canada celebrating and family friends from Isreal but in my limited experience I didn’t think of people in Mexico celebrating and how their traditions would be different from those in Canada or Isreal. Very cool book!


“Hanukkah Haiku” by Harriet Ziefert is a bright and cheery look at the traditions surrounding the holiday within the parameters of a haiku on every page. The illustrations by Karla Gudeon are so detailed I spent ages just looking at all of it. Each page is a haiku that goes along with a night of Hanukkah and it also explains briefly some of the other traditions like playing driedel , eating latkes and chocolate gold coins!