Valentine Freebie & PPBF


I wanted to team up with Chrissy from First Grade Found Me and her cute Valentine book linky, but when I went to look for my books, I realized I only had two! Huh?! I thought I had way more.

This is a silly but sweet book about a hippo looking for her special Valentine.

I'm not that crazy about the Franklin books, but my kids love them.

On Thursday I gave the kids white bags and foam stickers from Michaels. I showed them how to fold paper to make a heart then stepped back and watched them do their magic:)  They decorated both sides and afterwards I taped on some pretty Valentine ribbon for handles. These will be their bags for collecting cards next week.

These are the bags we made last year.

Here's a copy of our Valentine poem from last week (click the pic to grab):

In case you missed my Perfect Picture Books Friday post at Beth Ann's, I'm including it here.

Title: Silly Doggy!
Author / Illustrator: Adam Stower
Publisher: Orchard Books, 2011
Intended Audience: 3 - 8 years
Topic: Bears, Pets

Opening Lines: One morning, Lily saw something wonderful in her garden. It was big, brown, and hairy. It had four legs, a tail, and a big, wet nose, and Lily had ALWAYS wanted one . . . .

Summary: Lily has ALWAYS wanted a dog. So imagine her delight when she finds a stray "doggy" in her backyard. Well, yes, it's actually an escaped bear from the local zoo. But Lily doesn't know that and the doggy is lovely, kind, gentle and just a little bit silly. Eventually Lily decides (with her mother's nudging) that her doggy needs to find his real owners. So Lily makes up a found poster, all the while secretly hoping that no one will see it.

Why I Like It: I'm always attracted to books about dogs so the title immediately caught my eye. And despite not seeing a single dog, this book just cracked me up. Looking at that poor bear patiently trying to please Lily is sweet and funny. The ending's hilarious, too. I won't give it away, but let's just say the last two words in the book are "Silly kitty!"


1. Visit your local SPCA to learn about proper pet care or invite them into your classroom like Beth Ann did!

2. Tie it in with a Bear or Zoo unit.

3. Have the kids (after lots of excellent modelling by your excellent self) write and draw the beginning of the story, using an animal of their choice. This would be great for practicing description. (Click the pic to grab).

Be sure to have your kids draw themselves in the bottom left-hand corner of the page, with a talking bubble and the word "Doggy!", "Bunny!", "Kitty!", "Birdie!" or whatever animal fits their story. 

4. I love pairing artwork with books. If you visit Deep Space Sparkle (click on the image below) you can find all sorts of animal art ideas.

Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to read about more fabulous books, be sure to visit Susanna's blog for Perfect Picture Book Friday.


  1. wow, you are so far ahead of me! We haven't even started on our Valentine boxes. I love giving the kids the supplies and just letting them do what they want, of course there are always a few that don't look very "Valentiney" what with orange and black cars. lol Love the poem, I'm going to use it next week. Thanks!
    Also love the PPBF book, I'll have to see if I can find it.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. I don't have many valentine books either. Enjoy your week of love!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Well now we know what we can spend the rest of our hard-earned money on -- ha ha!

  3. You always find the best animal books! My fave is Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch ... but it's actually the ONLY Valentines book I own. I feel the same way about Franklin ... just don't think they're very strong, but my little Texans love them.

    Happy friendship week!


  4. Thanks for linking up, Barb! That hippo book and your bags are very cute! Have a fun Valentine's Day!

    1. No problem, Chrissy. I like that book linky you do. Just wish I had more Valentine books to share.

  5. You always have super cute books! My sons both enjoyed the Franklin books when they were in kindergarten, but I wasn't that into them either. :)
    Conversations in Literacy


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