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Books highlight love and friendship

Dembowski column: Books highlight love and friendship on Valentine's Day

6:11 PM, Feb. 12, 2014  |  Comments
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Valentine's Day is a great time to acknowledge the ones you love and those who hold a special place in your life. Many of us think of the holiday as being reserved for only romantic relationships, but it is important not to forget all of the people in the your life who make a difference - friends, children, parents, and grandparents. If you stop to think about it, the list could become quite lengthy.

There are several great books out there that commemorate the importance of love and friendship. If you enjoy poetry and also a good laugh, then Jack Prelutsky's "It's Valentine's Day" is the book for you. Poems involving pets, friendships and family are fun to read aloud or have children read to themselves.

"Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink" by Diane de Groat is an amusing picture book that has a good message about how teasing and unkindness can lead to less than ideal circumstances. This is an excellent read-aloud for elementary age students.

"Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" by Eileen Spinelli portrays a lonely neighbor who learns the power of love through the many friends he has made over the years. This endearing picture book also would be appropriate for all ages.

Valentine's Day is about giving, not receiving, and the adorable picture book "Valentines Are For Saying I Love You" by Margaret Sutherland strikes a sentimental chord. A young girl makes special valentines for everyone important to her and, in the process, reminds the reader of the true meaning of the holiday.

Geronimo Stilton's "Valentine's Day Disaster" is a humorous chapter book where the mouse hero, Geronimo, starts his Valentine's Day not receiving any valentines, and the day gets worse from there. But the ending is uplifting, and the journey along the way is both entertaining and enjoyable.

Looking for some fun Valentine's Day activities for your children? Try the edhelper.com website at: http://www.edhelper.com/valentine.htm

The ancient Greek playwright Sophocles once said, "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love." Share the gift of reading with those you love this holiday.

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