The Berenstain Bears’ Extra Special Valentine

HarperCollins. (My First I Can Read). Dec. 2023. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063024564; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780063024557.
K-Gr 2–A wonderful story presenting family love and connection. Sister and Brother are making valentines for their school’s Valentine’s Day party, but as they work, Brother makes a mysterious valentine he hides from Sister. Is it for a girl cub, or someone else? Sister must know! She does what she can to figure it out. This story, written for early readers, balances a classic feel with simple text and allows readers to explore rhyming through a special Valentine’s Day card. A nice plot structure lends suspense. The full-page illustrations balance soothing, subdued colors with the bold colors of Valentine’s Day, ultimately adding to the story’s classic and festive tone.
VERDICT A perfect shared and classic reading experience for emerging readers.

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