Sunday, February 08, 2009

Heart-y Reading: Lilly's Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes

It was almost bedtime on Valentine's Day.

Lilly had one chocolate heart left. It was wrapped in red foil.

She decided to save it.

But where to stash the precious chocolate treat?

Under the bed? Too dusty.

Behind the radiator? Too warm.

Between the books on the bookshelf? Too tight.

Candy doesn't improve if it's dusty, or melty, or squished, and not one of the other places Lilly thinks of is suitable for such a delicious reminder of Valentine's Day fun either.

"I know!" said Lilly. She unwrapped the heart and popped it into her mouth.

"Perfect!" said Lilly

Kevin Henke's simple little board book version of Lilly's Chocolate Heart shows his inimitable Lilly in her favorite role as the decider as she cheerfully figures out the best place for a chocolate heart after Valentine's Day. As in his longer Lilly books--Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Julius, the Baby of the World, and Lilly's Big Day--Henke's wonderful drawings of the self-confident Lilly, this time in nightie and fuzzy slippers, but still wearing her crown, delight the eye and capture the heart.



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