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Celebrate Valentine's Day with several picture books

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 9:47 a.m. MDT

In "Snowy Valentine" by David Petersen, Jasper, a frustrated rabbit, tries to come up with the perfect Valentine's Day gift for his wife. (Provided by the publisher) In "Snowy Valentine" by David Petersen, Jasper, a frustrated rabbit, tries to come up with the perfect Valentine's Day gift for his wife. (Provided by the publisher)

Think candy and pink cupcakes! Think homemade cards! It’s Valentine’s Day!

SNOWY VALENTINE,” by David Petersen, Harper, $14.99, 32 pages (ages 3-8)

Jasper, a frustrated rabbit, tries to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for his wife. His dilemma is heightened by interviewing his friends whose solutions to their own gift-giving are varied: Teagan Fox is preparing a rabbit stew (Jasper is alarmed at that) and Miriam Frog’s delicious chocolate-covered flies will certainly be a welcome gift for a loved one.

With soft delicate artwork and simple text, David Peterson’s conclusion is a pleasing one; Jasper’s gift to his wife is the greatest, “his love for her.”

A GIANT CRUSH,” by Gennifer Choldenko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Putnam, $16.99, 32 pages (ages 5-8)

In "A Giant Crush," Jackson, a shy and lovable bunny, is suddenly aware of his classmate, Cami, and wants his feelings known. (Provided by the publisher) In "A Giant Crush," Jackson, a shy and lovable bunny, is suddenly aware of his classmate, Cami, and wants his feelings known. (Provided by the publisher)

Jackson, a shy and loveable bunny is suddenly “aware” of his classmate, Cami, and wants his feelings known. But poor Jackson is outdone by a show-off whose loud mouth and antics draw attention from everyone. Jackson’s friend (who is narrator of this affair) encourages him, “If you’re going to like a girl, Jackson, you have to at least tell her.”

He does. Readers will cheer Jackson on as he puts aside his shyness and it pays off.

HEDGEHUG: A Sharp Lesson in Love,” by Benn Sutton, illustrated by Dan Pinto, HarperCollins, $9.99, 40 pages (up to age 7)

Hedgehug’s plans for Valentine’s Day are to make homemade cards and then give everyone a hug. In the case of Hedgehug’s gift, however, loves hurts and the animals protest. No one wants to be pierced from a hug.

In "Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love," Hedgehug's plans for Valentine's Day are to make homemade cards and then give everyone a hug. In the case of Hedgehug's gift, however, love hurts and the animals protest. (Provided by the publisher) In "Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love," Hedgehug's plans for Valentine's Day are to make homemade cards and then give everyone a hug. In the case of Hedgehug's gift, however, love hurts and the animals protest. (Provided by the publisher)

Hedgehug finds a way to give love hugs without the quills. The cartoon-like drawings will have young readers giggling through his plight.

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