Perfect Picture Book Friday Valentine’s Day Pick(s)!

Before I get to Perfect Picure Book Friday, I want to tell you that I am a guest poet today over at No Water River, Reneè LaTulippe’s AWESOME blog! If you get a chance, please go check it out (click HERE).

Now on to PPBF!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because when I was looking for a Valentine’s Day book in the library, I found this one and thought it was a very unique Valentine’s Day story.


By Carol Carrick

Illustrated by Paddy Bouma

40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Sandpiper on January 21, 2001

Theme/Topic – Valentine’s Day – working parents

Opening and Synopsis –

“It was still dark when Mama put on her coat and hugged Heather good-bye. Mama worked in an office.

Heather held on extra tight to her mother. “Don’t go,” she said. “It’s Valentine’s Day.”

Heather is sad to see Mama leave for work on Valentine’s Day. Grandma tries to get “such a sad face on this special day” to turn around by making Valentine cookies shaped like the animals on Grandma’s farm, a sheep, some chickens, and some cats – and a special heart cookie for Mama’s Valentine. While the cookies bake, Grandma and Heather check on the pregnant sheep Clover – to find that she’s given birth to two lambs! Heather bends down to see through the fence. She sees a shocking sight! Apparently there are THREE lambs, but one was on the ground, barely alive! Heather soon forgets about her sadness and thinks about helping the little lamb she calls Valentine.

Why I liked this book – First off, this has got to be one of the cutest Valentine’s books ever! The illustrations are warm, and inviting! I like the untold words in the pictures. Like when Grandma is putting the second batch of cookies in, Heather is smiling and pointing at the heart cookie for Mama. I like what Grandma and Heather do to try to save the lamb. Heather is frequently worried if the lamb is alive. One of my favorite lines from that time is “Grandma, I don’t want the lamb to die”. It is so touching and pretty much sums up the feelings of someone afraid of losing someone. I like the happy ending!

Activities and Resources –

Make Valentine’s Day cookies!


(Photo credit: staramaze)

Here’s the recipe my mom uses (or you can get the refrigerated kind in the store).

1   1/2 cups of confectioners sugar

1 cup butter

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2    1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs and extracts. Mix it up. Add everything else and mix. Put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Roll it out and cut it. If you have heart-shaped cookie cutters that is great but we just use something round to cut them out (like a glass turned upside down). Then just add sprinkles or candy hearts! Bake at 375º for 7 minutes, AND VOILÀ! COOKIES!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!


Josie and I were given this Valentine’s book as a present and we liked it so much I wanted to review it.  😀

theveryfairyvalentiThe Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart

By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrated by Christine Davenier

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 1,  2013

Gerry is very excited – Valentine’s Day is coming (which is a Fairy Princess’ favorite day of the year)! She works her hardest to make the best, sparkliest (is that a word?), Valentines ever for her classmates. She puts her perfect hand-made Valentines in one of her Daddy’s green work folders to keep them safe. But when she gets to school, there is a BIG problem. The folders got switched and her very perfect Valentines are at work with Daddy (how UN-sparkly)! Gerry thinks fast and solves her problem in a very fairy princess way!

This is a VERY cute book! I like the sparkles that are with Gerry. They are VERY cool (in a Fairy Princess sort of way 😉 ). I like the illustrations they are VERY well drawn!  Gerry is a great character (even with me being a boy, I don’t mind all the sparkle and my sister LOVES all the sparkle)! Gerry is VERY kind, VERY sweet, VERY caring, and VERY VERY creative! I think this is a great Valentine’s Day book that kids will love!

Visit the official Very Fairy Princess website by clicking HERE.

Beth Stilborn of the By Word of Beth blog  already nominated this next book as a Perfect Picture Book,so that’s why I am not. To read Ms. Stilborn’s PPB review of this book, click HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Age 9+, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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45 replies

  1. Great Valentine’s Day Picks, Erik! I am a Very Fairy Princess fan already, but I also love the sound of Valentine – I like animal stories with happy endings 🙂 Your mom’s cookie recipe sounds REALLY good – I love that it has almond in it – and I may have to try it out this weekend! It will be a good thing to do if we are snowbound 🙂

  2. I love your special Valentine’s book, Erik. I especially love all those delicious looking cookies. Your review is lovely and The Very Fairy Princess book is on my wish list. I have the others, but not this one. Yet!
    Happy Valentine’s Day Erik, for Thursday.

  3. Growing up, we had a ewe named Valentine! She was one of the sweetest sheep–and she had triplets! As I read your synopsis, I kept saying Wow! Have a great weekend, Erik.

  4. Erik-Valentine reminds me of visits to my Grandma’s farm. We had baby chicks in the kitchen, dogs under the table, cats on the porch, cows in the barn, pigs in the shed, and always the smell of something amazing in the oven…like cinnamon rolls. I am going to try your;cookie recipe. I’m home alone today–just seems like the right thing to do. And thanks for the very fairy review–I love 2for1!

  5. Growing up we had a ewe named Valentine. She was one of the sweetest sheep ever–and she had triplets! As I read your post, I kept saying “wow”! Have a great weekend.

  6. I have to start doing PPBF again Erik. I miss it so. Love your choice! And the recipe too. Your review is as awesome as always. I have wanted this book for ages. Thanks bunches for reminding me about it. I’ll have to buy it. it’s a keeper. Happy weekend, my friend. *waving*

  7. What a lovely book for children and parents. Plus, we’ll have to try out the cookie recipe. I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!

  8. Wonderful books and yummy looking cookies, Erik! Going over now to see your intervirw 🙂

  9. I love your Valentine’s choices today, Erik. I am a Gerry fan already, but the first one is an awesome story about love and priorities! Super reviews, both of them.

  10. That Valentine lamb story gave me goosebumps! I’ve never had goosebumps before, because of being a dog and all. I do like eating goosepoop, though…..

    Love and licks,

  11. Both of these Valentine’s books look adorable. I haven’t read many Valentine’s books- and I really should read one this week. Thanks for sharing. Those cookies look great!

  12. You selected two very unique Valentine’s Day books! Excellent reviews of both. Both share the theme of compassion.

    Loved your debut on Renee’s post. Nice to see and hear you speak!

  13. Great reviews, Erik! The Valentine the lamb story sounds so lovely. And you already know I love the Very Fairy Princess books! Thanks for the two-for-one Valentine post! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Josie!

  14. Erik,
    Great review. The cookies look yummy, thanks. I just saw your video of POEM!?! at Renee LaTullippe’s NO WATER RIVER. What a fantsmagical production. I loved all of your poems. The haiku was excellent. Timbucktu was funny. I enjoy your sense of humor.

  15. Valentine is a favorite suggested to me by my librarian – very sweet! See you over at Renee’s!

  16. These look like 2 lovely Valentine’s books! I really like stories about kids and animals. That makes for kind of a different kind of Valentine story. Nice review! Thanks!

  17. Awesome reviews, Erik…we got two for the price of one.:) I loved the first book…and the cookie recipe looks delicious! And I’m so happy you got a copy of Ms. Hamilton’s and Ms. Andrews’ new book.
    I went to see and hear your guest post…your poem is AMAZING…thank you for sharing your talents with us.:)

  18. Lovely reviews Erik. You are growing as a writer.

  19. I love both these book recommendations, Erik! I’m pinning them cause I need to build up my Valentine collection. Thanks!

  20. You have outdone your self with Valentine goodness this time, Erik! Both these books sound delicious along with your cookies. I’m due for making some so thanks for the recipe. Mine just calls for eggs, butter and sugar, no cream of tartar or almond so I”ll give it a try and compare. Thanks for all the goodness. 🙂

  21. What a pink and red post you have here – very Valentine-y indeed. I’ve been looking for Valentine picture books myself for this week, as we are celebrating Valentine Week too. These two books are not very familiar to me, so I’m glad that you shared them, Erik. I also shared a few of my own Valentine favorites for my Monday reading this week – not-quite-so-pink-and-red though, except perhaps for Henry in Love by Peter McCarty, which I’m sure you must be quite familiar with. 🙂

  22. I’m glad you remembered Valentine’s Day, ‘cuz I certainly didn’t! What a sweet book the first on is…anything with animals is a hit with me. And what a fun book from Emma and Julie. I’d love to find out how she solves the problem. I guess I’ll just have to read the book!:-)


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