Cynthia Rylant

Book Review: If You’ll Be My Valentine

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If You’ll Be My Valentine

Written by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by Fumi Kosaka
Published December 1, 2005 by Harper Trophy 
Ages: 4-6, 32 pages 


If You’ll Be My Valentine begins each page with ‘If you’ll be my valentine…” then it gives a loving message that relates to the page. For example, a cat receives a scratch behind the ears, a dog gets to lick feet, a friend/sibling gets a story read to them, and a bird receives a song. There are a total of eleven unique Valentine messages. If You’ll Be My Valentine isn’t exactly a story, but it’s a cute book for young ages to appreciate and love all things and people. I also enjoyed this book, because the wording has a smooth flow and somewhat rhymes.




Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Ages 6-9, 40 pages

There are many different types of snow. Snow can be barely a whisper that lightly falls or snow can be heavy as it thickly covers everything. Snow is a lovely book that describes the types of snow and activities that occur. There’s certain snows that cancel school and we enjoy warm inside. Children and those young at heart love snow best and the snow welcomes them with snow angels and snowmen. The book ends that eventually the snow melts and we have the memories.

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared Lee

Ages 5-7, 30 pages


This book is another version of the ‘There was an old lady…” I wrote another post about a lady who ate a pumpkin pie. I think these books are very humorous and readers always beg to hear it again. In this version a lady begins swallowing some snow, a pipe to warm her toes, some coal, and it continues. Here is the last line: ‘I don’t know why she swallowed some snow. Perhaps you know.’  The readers can guess about what she may swallow next and what happens with all the items. Lucille Colandro wrote other ‘I Know an Old Lady…’ books, so there’s more fun if you enjoyed this book.


Book Review: In November

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In November

by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner

Ages 4-7, 32 pages

Realistic, Season Change

In November explains the season changes and how animals prepare for winter. It’s not necessarily a Thanksgiving book, but the holiday is highlighted since it occurs in November. This is a realistic nature book as there are no talking animals and the narration provides details for many animal behaviors and winter preparations. Birds collect berries, animals sleep more, mice stay under logs, and dogs lie near the fire. The pictures are beautiful and appear like watercolors. In November is a wonderful book to teach what occurs during the cooler months.

In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and a pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.

– Cynthia Rylant (In November)