The Night Before Valentine’s Day, “Cards, Candy Hearts & Cupid”

They read Cupid’s note as he leapt down the hall: “Happy Valentine’s Day to one and to all.”

Anticipating a holiday is half the fun, which is why Natasha Wing’s “The Night Before” Series is so great. Her Valentine’s Day poem-picture book is no exception. We “love” it!

Introducing Our Featured Friend: The Night Before Valentine’s Day
by Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Heidi Petach

‘Twas the night before Valentine’s Day,
and all through the town,
children were busy,
not making a sound.

They gathered their scissors,
their glitter and glue,
pink and red paper,
and paintbrushes, too.

They made cards that read,
“Will you be mine?”
and others that said,
“My true valentine.”

The kids went to sleep dreaming of candy hearts, eager for the next school day! They arrived to a decorated classroom; they played games and enjoyed face painting. They gave their Valentine’s Day cards to each other, ate yummy treats and drank punch with heart-shaped ice cubes.

Just when the party was almost done, a surprise guest arrived: the principal himself dressed in full Cupid gear! He left a special gift . . . a box with the cutest class hamster! The gift made “the days after Valentine’s Day” special too!

Inviting You to Become FRIENDS with The Night Before Series:
F
eel
, Relate, Imagine, Explore, Navigate, Develop, Share

Select a few activities from the kid-friendly book guide while reading this poem:

F- Who do you feel love towards and what do you look forward to giving them on Valentine’s Day to show your love?

R- Can you relate to the classroom party activities the students do in this poem? How is your class celebrating this year?

I- Imagine you get to add a Valentine’s Day classroom activity to this poem. What game, snack, or craft would you add to the fun?

E- Explore 35 Valentine’s Day Party Ideas:
http://www.makeandtakes.com/valentines-day-classroom-party-ideas

 N- Navigate through Valentine’s Day mazes with these free printables:
http://www.ziggityzoom.com/activity/heart-maze-valentine-fun

D- Develop your own short poem titled, “The Day After Valentine’s Day” and include the special activities, treats, memories, people, places, and feelings from your day.

S- Share special homemade cards with family and friends telling them what you LOVE about them. http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/2011/02/homemade-valentines-day-10-valentine-cards-to-print/

Illustration:

Related Posts Featuring Natasha Wing’s Work:

https://kidsbookfriends.com/2014/12/31/the-night-before-new-years-making-family-memories-till-midnight/

https://kidsbookfriends.com/2015/02/04/the-night-before-the-100th-day-of-school-100-days-older-smarter-cool/

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2 Responses to The Night Before Valentine’s Day, “Cards, Candy Hearts & Cupid”

  1. Mary Collins says:

    How cute! Great ideas here.

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