The title tells you that it this not a valentine. But when you see the little boy give the little girl some wilting dandelions, a toy ring, a rock, a paper airplane – all things that show how much he knows and likes about the little girl – isn’t it? This sweet book shows the many ways you can express love, and not just on Valentine’s Day. After all, as the boy says, “I don’t only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too.” Carter Higgins’ text conveys the boy’s (unbelievable) denial of his affection for his classmate, but Lucy Ruth Cummins’ art captures a friendship blooming between the two. This book is a gift in itself (and if you “unwrap” the jacket, you will find a surprise underneath!). I gave a copy to my valentine this year – not for Valentine’s Day, but for Christmas! So, perhaps it’s not a valentine after all.
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.