Barbara McGrath, author
Barbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Gray Bunny, The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books.
Barbara was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where her parents still live. She has two brothers, Al and John, who did a good job teasing her. Summers were spent on Cape Cod where the ocean became an important part of her life. Today, her hobbies include surfcasting, canoeing, and scuba diving.
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Peggy Tagel, illustrator
Peggy Tagel's bright, colorful cut-paper illustrations have been reproduced for a variety of products, including cards, gift bags, gift wrap, packaging and stationery, as well as for children's books and magazines. She illustrated all seven books in the First Celebrations series.
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Readers experience the sharing of gifts and treats on Valentine's Day. The narrator, invisible except for a white-skinned hand, explains all the shapes one encounters during these and other holiday activities. There are stars to draw on Daddy's card, circles at the centers of Mommy's daisies, and, of course, heart-shaped balloons. The text, two sentences per double-page spread in a large white type, is clear and direct, as is the pleasingly round, two-dimensional art in highly saturated colors. Sadly, the shapes are a little small for newbie geometers, particularly the tiny triangle-shaped sprinkles on a tray of heart-shaped cookies and the chocolate squares in a bowl. The book is shaped like the upper portion of a heart per series formula, but the cropping issues that plagued other offerings in the First Celebrations series are fortunately absent. Simple and amiable.
Page count: 12
7 x 7