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Valentine’s Day and Lincoln’s Birthday Book Selections – 02/09/12

Posted on: Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day both are both next week so this week’s book selections offer two books for kids for each occasion.  Funny stories, arts and crafts and history lessons are all included.  These books are “keepers”.

Love, Splat (Splat the Cat) by Rob Scotton is for kids Pre-K through grade 2.  “It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?”  Review from Amazon.

Valentine Crafts by Greta Speechley is for kids grades 2 – 4.  “This colorful compendium offers a dozen craft projects to make Valentine lovers smile. The book begins with an introduction that advises readers to look around the house for materials before buying them; tells parents to read instructions before their children get to work; shows the safety signs that indicate when adult help is needed; and instructs kids on how to start and how to finish, including putting away materials and cleaning up. Then it’s on to the projects, everything from spinning valentines to kiss sponge stamps to giant cardboard lips. Food lovers will enjoy the chocolate lollipops, heart cookies, and “love bugs” made from chocolate cake and marshmallows. Each craft appears on a two-page spread with step-by-step color photos and detailed instructions. Most of the projects are doable for the intended age group, though some adult supervision will be needed. With a variety of activities and a refreshing lack of card-making projects, this title will help children express both their love and their creativity. –Ilene Cooper” Review from Amazon.

Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull  “Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didn’t like him as president, a homely appearance—what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasn’t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller and a person who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip.  This unusual biography of Lincoln highlights his life and presidency, focusing on what made his sense of humor so distinctive—and so necessary to surviving his tough life and times.” Review from Amazon.

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson is for kids Pre-K through grade 3.  “Here’s an ingenious historical fiction picture book about the 16th president of the United States. It’s a tale of two boys who get themselves into more trouble than bear cubs in a candy store.  The year is 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin, is ten. Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don’t know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won’t tell you what happens, but let’s just say that our country wouldn’t be the same if Austin hadn’t been there to help his friend.” Review from Amazon.

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