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NO VALENTINES FOR KATIE (Katie Woo Series)

Author: Fran Manushkin

Illustrator: Tammie Lyon

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Publisher: Picture Window Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Miss Winkle started Valentine's Day with a math puzzle. Everyone drew a heart and then tried to figure out how many candy hearts fit inside. Katie was having fun reading all the messages while everyone put their name on a piece of paper and dropped it in the box. When they came back from recess, each student drew a name and wrote something they liked about that student. Everyone had someone write something nice about them, but not Katie. Didn't anyone have anything nice to say? or did Katie forget to put her name in the box? This is an easy reader chapter book featuring an Asian girl as its star.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, developmental reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: It was easy to see where this was going just from the front cover (Katie has a sad face). The illustrations help with the text and the story flows nicely, so I hope kids get past the image on the front. The author offers writing prompts, a recipe, and other ideas in the back that can also help engage readers.

Pros: Kids will instantly like Katie and understand her emotions over thinking she was left out. This is a nice story that can be read any time of year when you need a book about feelings and saying kind things. This isn't overly text heavy, so preschool audiences would sit through this and enjoy it, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice series and well worth the read. If you have a child who tends to leave out others (or vice versa), this might be a good book to have handy on the shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOODBYE TO GOLDIE (Katie Woo Series)   SUGAR COOKIES: SWEET LITTLE LESSONS ON LOVE   BURSUNSUL AND PASKUALINA; A Story of Two Friends

Educational Themes: Because the book is broken into chapters, you can pause and ask kids what they think will happen next. You can also go one step further and ask kids to pick out names from a box to write/say something nice ... for Valentines or "just because."

Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, Valentines Day, friendship, emotions, multicultural, school

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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