This is Not a Valentine
We received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for our honest review.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s a fun day for many, but the day might also inspire awkward feelings in children and adults alike. We live during a time where we need to reconsider our ideas about what is romantic and appropriate behavior in light of the fact that we now realize some of our older ideas aren’t working. The best place to truly effect change is with children! So it’s encouraging to discover this lovely children’s book This is Not a Valentine that lays the foundation for respect in a relationship. Even if the relationship isn’t romantic in nature, This is Not a Valentine establishes the essential cornerstones of what makes a healthy and functional relationship.

In This is Not a Valentine, the young boy fancies a little girl but he makes sure to emphasize that this is not a valentine, because of all the reasons Valentine’s Day doesn’t work for him. Instead, it’s an expression of friendship. As he explains why it’s not a Valentine, he replaces some of the romantic ideas of Valentine’s (like fancy jewels or sugary sweets) with an emphasis on genuine friendship, acts of respect, and little moments that matter.

The illustrations are adorable and suitable to convey the story. The text itself is a step above, a lovely collection of words that work to portray the genuine affection the boy has for the little girl.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot, and I think it’s a suitable read for children and adults alike. It’s sweet and good natured and a perfect addition to any Valentine collection in schools or the home. But it can certainly be used and enjoyed at any other time of year as well. I also enjoy the diversity of the book, it’s nice to see!


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