Mirabel's Missing Valentines (Hardback)Janet Lawler (author)
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"This sweetly inspiring story of a timid mouse stepping outside her comfort zone is a winner. Great for Valentine's or any day." --School Library Journal
"Mirabel was very shy.
She'd always been that way.
She trembled at the thought of
giving Valentines away."
Poor Mirabel! It's almost Valentine's Day and the shy little mouse trembles at the thought of giving cards away. Yet she carefully crafts her valentines, drawing a heart on every one. In the morning, Mirabel forces herself to hurry to school. But, in her nervousness, she doesn't notice her bag becoming lighter and lighter: her valentines are falling out! By the time she realizes what's happened, they're all gone. It turns out, though, that these lost valentines bring joy into the lives of all who find them. Then, with her valentines back in her pack, and some newfound friends, she musters up the courage to celebrate the holiday after all! This wonderful tale of overcoming insecurity will make its way to the hearts of all young readers.
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co Inc
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 254 x 203 mm
"Shy Mirabel, a little mouse with a fondness for hats and headpieces, 'trembled at the thought of giving valentines away.' 'Despite her nerves, ' she makes the cards and bravely sets out for school along a grassy path and past a quiet city block. Readers will see what Mirabel does not: the valentines slip out of her bag. When she realizes, Mirabel is devastated, but the individuals she has crossed paths with--a lonely bunny, a father dog, a jogging fox, all delighted by the handmade paper crafts they find--hear her cry out and return them straightaway ('Your cards have made us smile!/ Thanks for sharing them with us, / if only for a while'). The positive interactions embolden Mirabel to deliver her valentines at the class party and delight in those she receives in return. Mueller creates a snug community of anthropomorphic animals, leafy trees, and unassuming storefronts in this kind story about overcoming anxiety through practice." --Publishers Weekly
"Though shy mouse Mirabel is nervous about Valentine's Day, she still makes cards for classmates. But, while walking to school (unbeknownst to Mirabel), the valentines fall out of her bag. Happily, however, several passersby find them and are warmed by their sentiments: 'Construction workers sweating / as they dug around a pole / laughed to find a sweet surprise / half-buried in a hole, ' as well as a lonely lady, a garbage man, a jogger, and more. Meanwhile, at school, Mirabel discovers her bag is empty, but the people who found the valentines rush to return them: 'Your cards have made us smile!' It all ends on an upbeat note as Mirabel now 'traded cards with courage' and, en route home, receives some unexpected, special valentines. Rhyming stanzas keep the pace peppy, while cute, vibrant cartoon illustrations depict the doe-eyed animal characters in idyllic settings. This entertaining read showcases relatable worries about valentine giving, and offers supportive messages about finding confidence and how the holiday can lead to serendipitous new friends." --Booklist
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