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The Legend of the Valentine: An Inspirational Story of Love and Reconciliation Hardcover – 1 Jan 2002


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Marcus, a nine-year-old African-American boy living in Alabama in the sixties, learns the true meaning of valentines as he is faced with whether or not to forgive his classmates and others who have hurt him and his family. His wise grandmother tells him the true story of St. Valentine, who lived out his faith by loving others with the love of Christ and who was persecuted and put to death by the Roman government. An especially tender moment occurs when Marcus’s mother and he receive a handmade valentine from his father, who has been jailed because of his nonviolent protests in support of civil rights.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x929b42f0) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925e5e10) out of 5 stars For thinking readers tired of the trite and the cliche 17 Jan. 2002
By LingoSlinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Grace Bond's talent shines through the deceptively simple prose of this heartfelt, authentic-feeling story. Other reviewers have already posted the general story line. I just want to add that many books in the Christian kids' market drip with saccharine and go for a forced sunny ending; this book is a refreshing exception that will help you open a healthy, substantive, character-building discussion with a pre-teen you love. The combined efforts of a white author and a black illustrator speak convincingly not merely to the issue of race, but also to the core issue of what happens when you love your enemies. A small gem of a book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925b66cc) out of 5 stars At its core deeply powerful story 14 Jan. 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Engagingly written by Katherine Grace Bond and impressively illustrated by Don Tate, The Legend Of The Valentine: An Inspirational Story Of Love And Reconciliation Is A Thoughtful, Christian picturebook recommended for children ages 4-8. The story is about a young boy, Marcus, whose daddy is in jail and who gets teased by kids at school because his skin is dark, a different color from theirs. Marcus doesn't see much use in celebrating Valentine's Day, until his granny tells him the story of Saint Valentine - a man who was thrown in jail, yet who refused to recant his faith in Jesus Christ. The Legend Of The Valentine is at its core deeply powerful story about loving one's enemies.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925e59e4) out of 5 stars a great multi-message book 11 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought one copy of the board version of the book and loved it. I promptly ordered 10 more copies and several copies of the hardcover book for the children in my church. The hardcover has more text and is even better than the board book. Both books talk about Christ; saint Valentine - who was a Christian who suffered in jail, but blessed and converted his jailers- about the civil rights movement and peaceful resistance, about familiy values and closeness, and EVEN ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH A SCHOOL BULLY. Its main message is that we should not fight evil with evil, but should bless our enemies. At the last page, Marcus, the boy in the story, stretches out his hand and asks the class bully to accept his friendship. It reminded me of Christ's call to humanity to accept Him and his salvation... it's up to each person to accept. I highly recommend the book, either version.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926cd348) out of 5 stars A book for all children dealing with the issues of justice 27 Sept. 2005
By Miryam Shoresh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
While I agree with all that has been said on the this page about this book, I have to add that it would be appropriate for all elementary and even junior high school students as it deals with the issues of race and racial reconciliation in a powerful way.
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HASH(0x925ee060) out of 5 stars Wonderful for V day 31 July 2013
By Rhonda Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story is truly inspirational for young children. I would read it to K-3rd grade students. It is nice to see a holiday story with people of color featured. There is a good story line and morals that young people can grasp.
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