* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.
Today’s great book: The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Jan Brett (1983, Scholastic)
The Author’s Website: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/eve-bunting
Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime or anytime
Summary: from the back cover – “Mr. and Mrs. Bear always missed Valentine’s Day because they were hibernating. But this year they share a wonderful surprise.”
Best Quote from the Book: Mr. Bear hugged her. “You thought I could sleep through just about anything, didn’t you?” he boomed. “Well, I fooled you. Happy Valentine’s Day!” He pulled a box from under his pillow. “I’ve had these here all along.”
Our View: Simply put, this one will steal your heart. I bought this to read first to my wife and then to my daughters. That it was written by one of the great children’s authors of this century, Eve Bunting, and illustrated by one of the great children’s artists of this century, Jan Brett, means this is a priceless treasure. They outdid themselves and created a timeless classic that should be in every classroom and read among every family.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – Honey I’m Home! – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.