ALTHOUGH VALENTINE’S DAY IS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH TEENAGERS AND ADULTS BECAUSE OF ITS ROMANTIC THEMES, IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT A HOLIDAY TO CHILDREN. GRADE SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR HIGHS WILL OFTEN HAVE LITTLE PARTIES TO CELEBRATE FEBRUARY 14 AND ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO MAKE CARDS FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CLASSMATES AND EVEN FIRST CRUSHES. WITH THIS IN MIND, WE HERE AT OUTLOOK-12 ARE DEDICATING THIS MONTH’S SCHOOL LIBRARY TO VALENTINE-THEMED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN FROM SCHOLASTIC.
“ROSES ARE PINK, YOUR FEET REALLY STINK”
by Diane deGroat
Gilbert has 15 blank Valentine cards just waiting for him to fill with nice Valentine poems for his classmates. Now, it’s no problem for him to write something nice to Patty whose silly laugh makes him feel silly or to Frank who lent him his baseball mitt. But how can he write a nice poem for Lewis who tweaked his nose until it turned red or for Margaret who made fun of his glasses? Simple, he writes a mean poem to both and signs Margaret’s name to Lewis’ and Lewis’ name to Margaret’s, so they won’t know that he wrote the poems and get mad at him. Gilbert, however, is about to learn an important lesson about forgiveness and second chances.