Monday, February 14, 2011

The Ballad of Valentine

One thing I like about our public library is that the staff make a point of displaying seasonal or holiday selections. Several years ago, The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson was on display. How glad I am to have discovered this delightful Valentine book! Every February, we would check that book out of the library. (now-joy!-I finally have my own copy thanks to Paperback Swap).

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The illustrator Tricia Tusa, has put her incredibly creative stamp on this book. The imaginative, whimsical pictures really make the book a winner.

The book is actually words set to the tune of "Oh My Darling Clementine" and it tells the sad tale of a man trying to tell Valentine how much he loves her. It's really a comedy of errors--everything he tries falls short and Valentine often just misses the message here and there.

Just when you begin to wonder whether these two will ever get together, it comes to a surprising end. You'll have to read it for yourself to find out what happens. A very memorable read for Valentine's Day--and an even better sing (if your kids will let you...mine don't always).

You can pick up your own copy at Amazon; I highly recommend buying hardcover because I'm not sure paperback will stand up to the frequency with which you'll want read this gem!

Happy Valentine's Day,

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