Friday, January 29, 2010

My Valentine For Jesus

Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton's My Valentine for Jesus is a simple, sweet book ideal for young children who are just getting into Valentine cards. In this board book, a little boy makes paper hearts for those he loves. "I'm saving back one little heart," he says, asking us to wait and see who he'll give it to.

First he gives a heart to Mommy, then Daddy and Grammy. Next is big brother, followed by baby. The last two page spread of the book reads:
"I give my heart to Jesus.
It's kind of small, like me.
But every tume I feel it beat,
I know he's loving me."

What I Like: The last line of the book is what makes this title so special. We're not just learning to show our love for our family and for God, but we're given this wonderful reminder: Every time our heart beats, it's saying "Jesus loves me." Throughout, Bucket Erdogan's illustrations are warm and rich, adding much interest.

What I Dislike: Nothing, although some parents may object that the last page show's the boy's drawing of Jesus.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: Baby to preschool.

Publishing Info: Zonderkidz, 2010; ISBN: 978-0310713333; board book, $4.99

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