For this week, I am sharing a fun little book that is great for Valentine’s Day. The book, Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone, by Frieda Wishinksy, tells the story of a young boy and his classmate, Jennifer.
Jennifer writes him poems, and talks to him, leading to teasing from his classmates. He wishes for an escape, and is overjoyed to hear that Jennifer will be leaving as her mom starts a new job. However, his feelings begin to change as he realizes he misses his friend. Along the way, Jennifer sends letters describing her adventures in Paris and Italy. By the end of the story, the boy is happy to admit that he is excited when he finds out his friend is returning from her journey.
The story is written in rhyme, and lends itself easily to choral readings. The heartwarming story reminds me of the days on the playground when boys and girls used to tease each other and play together. For Valentine’s Day, you could read the story and create your own rhymes to write on homemade valentines. You could also read this story just for a laugh!
Do you know of a great Valetine’s story to read with your kids? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by this week. Be sure to join me again next week!