Do you ever wonder what exactly a Valentine is? How do you get one? Is there a special Valentine out there for everyone? Gnome Valentine: Who is my Valentine Today by children’s author Parker Bastian helps answer this curious question in a way that children will be able to understand.
Valentines are people you care about; it can be someone you love, like a family member, a person you want to marry or are married to, or just a really good friend. Bastian uses her Gnome Adventures series to teach children about different kinds of relationships and some of the many ways that people can meet. From hiking to gardening to even dating apps, this outstanding picture book shares that there is no wrong way to make friends and meet people you love.
I love how the author has made each page interactive for kids. Each verse shares a story about how the gnomes met or what makes them Valentines. It then ends with a question for readers to think about and answer. Some are as simple as favorite flowers or what gifts they prefer, while others are more thoughtful, like what puts a smile on your face. Each page is a chance for readers to have a discussion as a group or to think about their own answers and gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Gnome Valentine: Who is My Valentine Today is a magical picture book that children and adults will enjoy rereading time and time again. While the topic is Valentine’s Day, the message of friendship, family, and relationships holds valid year-round. This is a beautiful addition to a home or classroom library.
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