Pros: Good biography to teach about facts and legends
Cons: I do not like how the humans look like wooden puppets
The Bottom Line: Great Valentine's Day book to learn about the Saint the holiday is named for and easy for kids to read and understand.
This is a great non-fiction book for kids to read (or to read to them) on or around Valentines Day. It is a short picture book that tells about the life o Saint Valentine. The book starts by stating the facts that are known about Saint Patrick and then explains in simple terms that most of what we know about him is legend. The facts literally take up only half of the few sentences on the first page. Throughout the book the author does a great job of telling the legends about his life that make him a Saint and are possible origins for Valentine traditions that we have today. For example, she tells of the parchment hearts he may have sent to imprisoned Christians. The book is full of illustrations that go along with the text. The illustrations are well detailed and beautiful to look at, but the way all the humans are drawn is very unappealing. The humans just do not look real the way they are drawn and they appear to look more like wooden puppets (yes, think Pinocchio). Perhaps that is the artistic style of the illustrator, but it does not appeal to me at all and almost looks them look sloppy. Despite this one thing I did not like about the book, I still think it is a wonderful book to read to kids around Valentines Day. For one, it teaches about how sometimes it is hard to know the real facts about historic figures.