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eBook The Valentine Express epub

by Nancy Wallace

eBook The Valentine Express epub
  • ISBN: 0761451838
  • Author: Nancy Wallace
  • Genre: Children
  • Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Two Lions (November 1, 2004)
  • Pages: 40 pages
  • ePUB size: 1454 kb
  • FB2 size 1779 kb
  • Formats lrf lit doc rtf


We have read one other book by Nancy Wallace called Fly, Monarch! . In a very thoughtful way the bunnies make the Valentine Express to spread Valentine cheer around their neighborhood.

We have read one other book by Nancy Wallace called Fly, Monarch! Fly! And really loved how the story personified bunnies to tell facts about monarch butterflies. Wallace's illustrations and bunnies are adorable. I think this book is perfect for a first or second grade classroom. It gives history for Valentine's Day, shows thoughtfulness, and also is filled with ideas on great handmade Valentine's Day cards that any bunny or kiddo can make.

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by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. It s Valentine s Day Minna s teacher explains why the class celebrates the holiday every year on February 14th. But Minna and her brother, Pip, give the holiday special meaning when they discover that their neighbors might not have gotten any valentines.

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace uses cut paper, scissors, and a glue stick to prepare her three-dimensional colorful artwork

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace uses cut paper, scissors, and a glue stick to prepare her three-dimensional colorful artwork. Nancy is the author of a number of picture books, including Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!, Recycle Every Day!, Pumpkin Day!, The Valentine Express, and Alphabet House. She lives in Branford, Connecticut with her husband, Peter.

The Valentine Express book. Love how Nancy Elizabeth Wallace also intertwines some craft projects into the story that readers can create at home

The Valentine Express book. Love how Nancy Elizabeth Wallace also intertwines some craft projects into the story that readers can create at home. Lots of great Valentines ideas! Her paper-cut art adds a nice dimension to the book.

Minna and Pip make Valentine's Day gifts for their neighbors after learning about the history of the holiday at school. Donor challenge: For only a few more days, your donation will be matched 2-to-1. Triple your impact! To the Internet Archive Community, Time is running out: please help the Internet Archive today.

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We have read one other book by Nancy Wallace called Fly, Monarch!

Wallace’s illustrations and bunnies are adorable.

Minna, an appealing rabbit character, comes up with a great Valentine’s Day project which involves enlisting her little brother to do kind things for their neighbors.
Comments: (7)
Goltizuru
this lovely book has a little of every thing! Some history showing that the day's roots are varied (some secular, some pagan, some based on St. Valentine) and hard to nail down. Some info on what people in other parts of the world do. And, my favorite part, some different ideas on valentine's day projects you can do. I read it with my Kindergarten class and, though it was long for them, they loved the project ideas.
Marg
We love this book~ it's informative and thoughtful. I don't think I've read a better Valentine's day book.
Yramede
It was circle time in Mrs. Bloom's classroom and Minna was the calendar helper for the day. Valentine's Day was a very special holiday and everyone was exited to share what they knew about it. Everyone talked about the nice things that happened and, said Vanessa, "My dad gave my mom flowers." Mrs. Bloom sat in her yellow chair and began to talk about how Valentine's Day had been celebrated and how it could have started. She told them several ways, but ended by telling them that "for hundreds of years, sweethearts have been sending each other notes and cards, gifts and flowers."

Dave really didn't like all that lovey dovey stuff, but had to admit that learning about how people celebrated Valentine's Day around the world was interesting. After their special valentine's snack, the children in Minna's class exchanged all kinds of handmade valentine's. When Minna and her brother, Pip, were walking home after school, they ran into Mrs. Wunder. "I wonder," Minna said, "if grown-ups get valentines?" Mmmm, maybe Pip and Minna could make some for them. Out came the art box filled with supplies and they started to work. What kind of special valentines could they make for their neighbors?

This is the perfect book about Valentine's Day for classroom use. Mrs. Bloom, Minna bunny's classroom teacher, discusses several aspects of the holiday including its possible origins, Valentine's Day traditions, the symbol of love, who Cupid was, and how it is celebrated in various countries. Minna and Pip also learn that creating special cards for others is something that is definitely appreciated. The artwork, cut paper collage, is bright, colorful, and quite appealing. This book is primarily a curriculum-based one filled with activities that can be used in the homeschool and classroom setting. If you need an all-around Valentine's Day book, with suggestions for cards incorporated in the text, you may want to add this one to your list.
Gavirim
We have read one other book by Nancy Wallace called Fly, Monarch! Fly! And really loved how the story personified bunnies to tell facts about monarch butterflies. Wallace's illustrations and bunnies are adorable. Similarly, The Valentine Express also uses the same cute bunnies to tell facts about Valentine's Day as well as tell a story about the bunnies delivering handmade treats on their Valentine Express.

The story starts in the classroom with the bunnies in class discussing Valentine's Day with their teacher. Then goes on to show a little Valentine's Day party in school where the bunnies receive treats and Valentine's from their classmates. On their way home from school they pass their neighbor on crutches and ask him if he got lots of Valentine's too. But he did not. The young bunnies begin to wonder if their older bunny neighbors got any Valentine's Day cards and came to the conclusion that many probably did not get any. In a very thoughtful way the bunnies make the Valentine Express to spread Valentine cheer around their neighborhood.

I think this book is perfect for a first or second grade classroom. It gives history for Valentine's Day, shows thoughtfulness, and also is filled with ideas on great handmade Valentine's Day cards that any bunny or kiddo can make.
Knights from Bernin
The lesson throughout the story is that Valentine's Day is about love and friendship. The main characters, Minna and Pip, learn about the holiday in school and take it to heart when they get home. Minna and Pip make Valentines for their neighbors when they wonder if they received any. Rather than just making cards, they make a flag, a mobile, a puzzle, a tic tac toe board and a bouquet of hearts - which may encourage creativity among young readers.

I liked the fun facts such as where there are towns named "Valentine" in the U.S., theories about the origins of Valentine's Day and how the holiday is celebrated in other countries. For example, chocolate candy is given in Japan while in Denmark, snowdrop flowers are pressed and given as gifts.

The illustrations are somewhat simplistic depictions of bunnies (as you can see with the "Look Inside" feature). I had some trouble reading the black text on the four red pages and one purple page. It would have been easier to read if it was a little larger and/or bolded.
JoJolar
I've always heard that Valentine's Day was created by greeting card companies to make some money. I've never really thought about when or where the idea actually come from. While this book doesn't give an exact time or place, it does give several possibilities along with ways that different places celebrate this holiday.

I like that the challenge of hospitality is given in this book. The rabbits think of people who most likely are neglected during Valentine's Day and make gifts for them. There's also the challenge of arts and crafts given. As a momma who hopes to homeschool, I'm thrilled to add this book to our shelves. There's a great deal of educational material in there.

The pictures aren't my favorite, but they are cute. They look as if each scene has been put together with several pieces of felt.

My oldest child is 4, and this was still a little too long to keep his attention. I'd recommend it for a slightly older group of children.
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