Author: Friedman, Laurie
Brand: Carolrhoda Books
Number Of Pages: 32
Release Date: 01-08-2006
Details: Product Description
Deep in the heart of Heartland lives Ruby Valentine and her trusty parrot Lovebird. Ruby's favorite day of the year is Valentine's Day―she loves to say "I love you" and make cards and treats to deliver to everyone in her town. But Ruby is so exhausted that she sleeps right through the holiday. Although Ruby is worried that she'll have to wait a whole year to tell everyone that she loves them, Lovebird convinces her to deliver her treats and messages of love even though they're a day late. To Ruby's surprise, no one minds.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Ruby Valentine and her pet cockatoo live in a cottage with heart-shaped trees outside. During the countdown to Valentine's Day, they make glittery cards, bake heart-shaped cookies and cakes, and prepare goody bags tied up with red bows. The day before the celebration, Ruby and Lovebird fill up their red wagon, ready to distribute gifts to all the townspeople. Before turning in, the hopeless romantic makes a huge heart-shaped sign that reads, Love, Ruby Valentine and places it high on the wagon. Everything is ready. Then, after all of their hard work, the child and her pet sleep through the big day. At Lovebird's urging, she pulls her wagon through town, delivering her gifts anyway. In the town square, Ruby stands atop an equestrian statue and apologizes for being late. The townspeople thank and hug her for being so kind and for turning an ordinary day into a celebration. Ruby realizes that you don't have to wait until Valentine's Day to say I love you! The mainly pastel watercolor-and-collage illustrations are full of humor and convey Ruby's joy and industriousness. This story, told in rhyme, should take a prominent place on Valentine's Day bookshelves.
–Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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With a name like Ruby Valentine, how could a girl not love Valentine's Day? To prepare, Ruby and her pet bird embark on a mission. They make glittery cards and heart-shaped cookies. They create goody bags, curl ribbons, wrap gifts and load up the wagon. Ruby decides on an outfit, fixes her hair and falls asleep, exhausted. Unfortunately, she snoozes for 24 hours straight, and when she awakes, she is bereft-it's a day too late to tell everyone that she loves them. Her bird convinces her that the townspeople won't mind that she's behind schedule, so Ruby valiantly sets out, full of apologies, to distribute her cards and gifts. When she realizes that no one is upset in the least, Ruby vows to express her love throughout the year and make good on her promise. Engaging watercolors depict Ruby on her quest, and though the sugary rhymed text is at times a bit cloying, Ruby herself is a charming heroine. A Valentine's offering as sweet as candy. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews) --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.
Lynne Avril grew up in Montana, but she has lived in Arizona for a long time. Lynne knew she would always be an artist, but when she was younger her other passion was for horses. As an adult, her other passion is playing the bass in blues bands. Lynne received a BA in Art from the University of Montana in Missoula, got married, has two grown children, and likes to spend as much time as possible in Paris, France.
Package Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches