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Monday, February 13, 2012

Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine
by Robert Sabuda


 ~ Reading level: 5.4 ~ Genre: Biography/Autobiography ~
~ Chapters: 0 ~ Pages: 27 ~


*SPOILER ALERT*
Valentine is a doctor who works for whatever his patient can afford which sometimes is nothing at all. However, he hides a dark secret: instead of following the Pope, he is a Priest of the Christian faith. One day, a jailer brings his blind daughter to him for assistance. Valentine refuses payment as he cannot guarantee that his treatment will work. His faith ultimately leads to his death when the Emperor orders that Christians be executed.

The jailer comes to visit and says there is nothing he can do to help. He sends a letter home with him to his daughter that simply reads "from your Valentine" along with a Crocus. The child can see the flower for the first time and realizes she is cured. A historical note at the end of the story details the reason behind Valentine's death, his rise to Sainthood, and how the holiday came to be.

My Opinion
I am always leery of religious materials in the classroom but the religious aspect was more of a side note relating to the reason for his death rather than an emphasize of the book. The tile mosaic pictures are interesting and colorful. Due to its length, the book can be read in its entirety very quickly.


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2 Comments:

At February 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Linda at teacherdance said...

Always interesting to discover the backstory of holidays. The book sounds like a sweet & tragic story. It would be interesting to have older students guess how the holiday changed from this beginning to today.

 
At February 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Jen Vincent said...

I don't think I even know the history of this holiday...I should totally read this book!

 

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