Reviews for Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
With the same literal view as the grown-up character, young Amelia finds a lot of things baffling. In this Valentine's Day story, Amelia wonders about "wearing your heart on your sleeve" and worries about being shot by Cupid's arrow. The humor falls flat most of the time, but the genial pink-heavy illustrations enhance the love fest. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Young literal-minded Amelia finds a lot of things baffling. In this Valentine's Day story, Amelia wonders about "wearing your heart on your sleeve" and worries about being shot by Cupid's arrow. The humor falls flat most of the time, but the genial pink-heavy illustrations enhance the love fest. This paper-over-board edition is notable for its low price.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 January #1

Love is in the air for Amelia Bedelia, in the second story to feature the literal-minded heroine as a child. She gives away her card-playing mother's hand--"Look at all those valentines!"--and fixes valentine cards that confuse her (she puts a bandage across a broken heart on one that reads "Hi Heartbreaker!"). And when she leaves the valentines on the bus, she has to improvise using playing cards. Her ingenuous spirit will continue to capture hearts. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2014 December

PreS-Gr 1--A typical Amelia Bedelia story, tailored for younger readers. Young Amelia Bedelia makes valentines for her classmates with adorable misunderstandings. For instance, she sticks a Band-Aid on a card that says, "Heartbreaker" and puts a blanket on a valentine that mentions being cool. The book's pink, flowery appearance will appeal to young girls. While the content is sweet and the illustrations are well done in color sketches with imperfect lines, resulting in a relaxed feel, the text isn't memorable in the least. Younger children may giggle at a few of the pictures such as of Amelia as a wolf, wolfing down breakfast, but the writing doesn't live up to Peggy Parish's clever and ingenious original books. A supplemental purchase for elementary school libraries and classrooms that can't get enough of Amelia Bedelia.--Shalini Miskelly, St. Benedict Catholic School, Seattle, WA

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