The Day It Rained Hearts is written and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Felicia Bond is the illustrator for all of the If You Give A... series of books that are written by Laura Numeroff. This series started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It is a good book to read on or before Valentine's Day. In the story, a little girl goes outside one day to find it is raining hearts. After collecting a number of different rain hearts, she goes inside. Thinking that it must be near Valentine's Day, she starts making valentines for all of her friends. Later in the story, we see her friends opening their valentines. In the end, it says that while it never rained hearts again, the girl found new ways to gather hearts for her valentines other years. It shows her outside with the trees covered with hearts.
When I read this story to my four year old daughter, I asked her to think of other ways the little girl might have found hearts. She said that maybe there were heart shaped flowers. Ask your child how he or she thinks the hearts will come to the girl, and post a comment for your child's answers. I would love to hear the answers your children give.
In my next posting, I will give a craft idea to go along with this book. I hope this book will you bring as much joy as it has brought myself and my kids!