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A String of Hearts
Contributor(s): Elliott, Laura Malone, Munsinger, Lynn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060000856     ISBN-13: 9780060000851
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: November 2010
Annotation: Sam’s friend Mary Ann helps him make a special valentine for popular Tiffany, but when Tiffany does not even notice it, Sam realizes who is really special. By the creators of Hunter's Best Friend at School. 17,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Valentines; Fiction.
Valentine's Day; Fiction.
Individuality; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Valentine's Day
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009031222
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 8.25" W x 0.50" (0.75 lbs) 30 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140712
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q52168
Reading Level: 1.8   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
With help from his squirrel friend, Mary Ann, bear Sam makes a "really great Valentine" for the class it-girl, Tiffany. But Tiffany receives lots of valentines and barely notices Sam's. When Sam receives Mary Ann's valentine, he's reminded who his true friend is. The expressive illustrations bring this friendship story to life. A note about the history of Valentine's Day is included. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 December #2)

Brown bear Sam wants to make a special valentine for a "pretty in purple" cat, Tiffany. His neighbor Mary Ann, a bushy-tailed squirrel, offers to help (though her face falls when he tells her who the card is for), and they construct funny valentines for all of their classmates, along with a purple one for Sam's crush. But when Sam gives it to Tiffany, she doesn't even notice. Munsinger and Elliott sensitively convey classroom popularity dynamics and Valentine's Day butterflies; the moment when Sam realizes that it's Mary Ann he really likes should touch even Valentine's Day grouches. Ages 4–7. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 January)

K-Gr 2—The delightful title sets the tone for this sweet story of friendship and a boy's first crush. Sam's teacher, a motherly bear named Mrs. Wright, announces to her students that they will make valentines. "Write something special about each classmate," she instructs. Sam, an earnest cub in a red jersey and jeans, has a crush on Tiffany. When he tells Mary Ann that he wants to make a "really good valentine" to impress the popular cat, she is disappointed but agrees to help him. They spend the afternoon creating imaginative valentines at the loyal squirrel's house. Not knowing anything about Tiffany except her favorite color, Sam decorates her card with purple stickers. She drops the card, and when Sam puts it in his pocket, he finds a surprise: a string of hearts made by Mary Ann. On each one she has listed a reason for liking him. Sam realizes that he can think of lots of good things about her, too, and rushes home to make her a special valentine. The cheery artwork illustrating this heartwarming love triangle shows fluffy, well-dressed animals in bright colors. Their expressive faces mirror the emotions explored in the narrative. A lovely Valentine story about the real meaning of friendship.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

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