Before I get to my fun Valentine's Day book pick, I'd like to announce the winner of my Giveaway from Galison/Mudpuppy:
Congratulations to Vicki Brannock!
Feelings of nostalgia rise (along with the hot-air balloons on the cover) every time I look at today's book recommendation:
The Great Valentine's Day Balloon Racea cute picture book (1980) by a vintage illustrator: the very talented Adrienne Adams.
It's another one of her stories involving The Easter Egg Artists (1976): a rabbit family by the name of Abbott. They have a son named Orson (get it? "Orson Abbott" - Our son Rabbit?)
In this particular tale, they return for another adventure: Orson is determined to enter the Valentine's Day balloon race, but first, he must figure out how to build a hot-air balloon....with help from his parents and his neighbor, a bunny - "Bonnie".
|They know how to make a balloon fly..."You just fill it with|
something lighter than air, and it must go up." They even tie
a big clothes basket to the bottom of the balloon to ride in...
Father goes first, but does not have a successful flight.
|After the mishap, Orson figures out they need to make some|
changes, so the whole family works on the balloon -
|Spreading the balloon on the ground, they puff it up|
with a big electric fan.
|They finally get it up and flying. Orson names it|
"Bonnies Valentine". But the balloon needs some color....
|After decorating it with some red hearts and flowers, it's|
all ready to go! You'll have to read the story to find out
if they've got the know-how to win the race!
You can read more about Adams and see some of her other books here and here.
You can read my previous Valentine's Day posts here.
One more thing to remember today: February 14th is "International Book Giving Day"! Consider "Leaving a Book, Giving a Book, or Donating a Book" for a child, a friend, a school - anyone!
Go here for details. Remember,
A Book is a Gift you can open again and again