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Book Title: It's Valentine's Day|
The author of the book: Jack Prelutsky
Date of issue: January 19th 1996
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 790 KB
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ISBN 13: 9780688146528
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Reader ratings: 5.3
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Both appreciation for the one you love and the pain of unfulfilled romantic longing are amplified on and around Valentine's Day, so it's not surprising that this book is more emotionally resonant than Jack Prelutsky's other collections of holiday poetry. If any poet understands the full spectrum of how kids feel about Valentine's Day, it's the great Prelutsky. Fourteen poems of love lost, found, eschewed in horror, and comically realized are the author's gift to kids who want a book that will make them laugh as well as think about the nature of love between friends, family, and even boys and girls. However you feel about love at this moment, there's a poem here that speaks to it, and perhaps can help heal a broken or wounded heart. It's Valentine's Day is more than holiday tie-in merchandise; it's a work of art.
"It's Valentine's Day,
and in the street
there's freezing rain,
and slush, and sleet,
the wind is fierce,
the skies are gray,
I don't think I'll
go out today.
But here inside,
the weather's warm,
there is no trace
of wind or storm,
and you just made
the morning shine—
you said you'd be
—It's Valentine's Day, PP. 7-8
There are editions of this book illustrated by Yossi Abolafia (1983) and Marylin Hafner (2013), but both begin in the same place and follow the same order of poems. Marylin Hafner's drawings for the title poem are more impressive, though both artists do well evoking the feeling of having your affections returned by the one you love. Life is sweet when your feelings align with those of someone you care for deeply, and no dreary weather or any other trifling annoyance can darken your day. A Valentine for My Teacher is next, about a boy who goes to great lengths to design a beautiful valentine for his teacher. He's too nervous to hand it to her directly, so he slips it on her desk when she's not looking, eager to see what she thinks of it. The taut jumble of emotions when you shyly admire someone is palpable in this verse, one of the collection's most winsome. Following that is A Valentine for My Best Friend, and here I have to favor Yossi Abolafia's artwork. The narrative is much easier to comprehend as he illustrates it. In either book this is a fine poem, a laugh-out-loud overture made to a close friend on Valentine's Day. You may exchange playful insults on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean you don't care about each other.
Our Classroom Has a Mailbox tells of a girl who wonders if any of the cards stuffed into her classroom's Valentine's box have her name on them. Does anyone care enough to compose a nice message for her? She needn't have worried; her arms end up so full of valentines that she can scarcely hold them all. Doesn't it feel splendid when we're not sure anyone really likes us, but it turns out more people do than we imagined? In I Made My Dog a Valentine, a boy painstakingly makes attractive cards for his dog, parakeets, and turtle, but they don't seem moved by his sentiments. As he cleans the mess his pets make of the cards, he questions if making valentines for animals is worth the trouble. Ah, isn't that how we feel when we express our feelings to those who don't return them with equal enthusiasm? It can feel as though the energy put into creatively saying we love them went for nought, but I think it's usually worth the effort. They may not show it in the way we wish, but they probably appreciate what we do for them more than they let on.
I like I Made a Giant Valentine a lot, and I prefer Yossi Abolafia's illustrations for their subtle emotional energy. A girl made a big, elaborate valentine for a special friend, but that morning all he did was throw snowballs at her. She doesn't intend to give him the valentine anymore, though she used to like him very much. This poem poignantly captures the hurt of having someone we were crazy about let us down, which happens more than once in most close relationships. How do we get over being treated meanly by a person we think the world of? It's a sad situation, the flipside of Valentine's joy. Next up is Oh No!, illustrated quite differently but equally well by both artists, a humorous ditty about a girl giving a boy an unwanted kiss on the cheek. He needs to wash it off, stat! A kid wants to bake a holiday treat from scratch without any help in My Special Cake, but somewhere along the way the recipe goes horribly wrong. I like Marylin Hafner's more detailed illustrations for this one.
There's Someone I Know returns to Valentine's Day feelings with a girl describing a boy in class who she's annoyed by. But when he presents her with a lovely valentine at recess it melts her heart, though she pretends not to care. Love works in ways so mysterious that we can't always decipher our own emotions, does it not? Mother's Chocolate Valentine is a humorous poem interpreted differently but to equal effect by Abolafia and Hafner. A well-meaning boy buys his mother a huge heart-shaped box of chocolates, but can't resist tasting a chocolate or two before showing her the gift. After the first few delectable bites he can't control himself, and the box's contents vanish. His mother appears more amused than disappointed when he sheepishly presents her with the empty box.
"I love you more than applesauce,
than peaches and a plum,
than chocolate hearts and cherry tarts
and berry bubblegum.
I love you more than lemonade
and seven-layer cakes,
than lollipops and candy drops
and thick vanilla shakes.
I love you more than marzipan,
than marmalade on toast,
oh, I love pies of any size,
but I love YOU the most."
—I Love You More Than Applesauce, PP. 35-37 of It's Valentine's Day
I Love You More Than Applesauce is a terrific verse: clever, funny, and touching in its own way. It's the kind of Valentine's Day declaration I wish I'd penned for the one I love. Marylin Hafner's illustrations for it are so charming that I must favor them. Another poignant poem well-disguised with humor is Jelly Jill Loves Weasel Will, a pleasant parade of preposterous alliteration that sorts out who loves whom among a group of kids. Everyone in their social circle appears to love someone...but who loves the boy narrating the poem? When everyone you know seems to have someone and you don't, you can feel alone even when surrounded by friends. I'll take Yossi Abolafia's artwork this time, since it suggests the boy may not be without a romantic admirer after all. My Father's Valentine is the satisfying story of a boy who crafts a valentine for his father, but has trouble cutting out a perfectly shaped heart. The end result isn't what he pictured, but he doesn't think his father will mind. A homemade memento of a loved one's feelings for you only means more when it's obvious they put in lots of extra work making corrections to get it looking halfway decent. It's the time and effort devoted to doing something for you that makes the gift special. I Only Got One Valentine is the exclamation point to this collection, just eleven words long. I won't spoil it, but the poem is a welcome comedic finale.
Jack Prelutsky is an American treasure. How many kids would never have given poetry a second look if not for him? His collections short and long tend to be equally good, filled with laughs, deeper meaning, heartfelt emotion, and gorgeous artwork, and It's Valentine's Day is no exception. I'd likely rate it two and a half stars, but definitely round up to three. I wouldn't mind pulling this book from the shelf every Valentine's Day and ruminating over its contents anew, reminding myself of the elation and heartache that define Valentine's in various seasons of a person's life. I have felt both extremes, and those experiences are given voice in this book. I can't think of a much more enjoyable way to spend part of my February 14. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.
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Read information about the authorJack Prelutsky is an American poet. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught. He is the author of more than 30 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep< and A Pizza the Size of the Sun. He has also compiled countless children's anthologies comprised of poems of others'. Jack Prelutsky was married to Von Tre Venefue, a woman he had met in France. They divorced in 1995, but Jack remarried. He currently lives in Washington state with his wife, Carolyn. He befriended a gay poet named Espiritu Salamanca in 1997 and both now work together in writing poems and stories for children and adults alike.
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