PPBF: The Day It Rained Hearts

Author/Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Publisher: Laura Geringer Books, 2002
Age Level: 4-6yrs
Themes: valentines, rain, imagination, friendship
Opening: One day it started raining hearts. and Cornelia Augusta caught one.
Summary: (from the publisher) Originally published in 1983 as Four Valentines in a Rainstorm, The Day It Rained Hearts follows young Cornelia Augusta as she makes creative use of a most unusual downpour. Along with the name change, Bond’s offering has also been enlarged, adding a generous white frame around sweet and simple vignettes of Cornelia fashioning a quartet of handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards; includes a heart-themed sticker sheet.
What I think: This is my favorite Valentine’s Day related book. It’s simple story is heartwarming and so much fun I wish it would happen to me! Personally, I prefer the former title, and the lack of valentines in the tree in the last illo – the original illustration ‘leaves’ you free to imagine!


Resources/Activities: What else – make your own Valentine’s Day Cards! Talk about what each recipient likes and fashion the cards to suit; Stories about friends and valentines, songs and finger plays.

For more PPBF picks, go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – HERE

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25 thoughts on “PPBF: The Day It Rained Hearts

  1. This book is ADORABLE! What a precious choice. Gotta read it. I love the former title too, Julie. It’s a feel good title. A lot of times I pick up a book because of the title. That one would make me pick the book up. Happy weekend. I must get back to doing PPBF. I truly miss it. (Love that activity!)

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  2. Wonderful – I would like to use this book next week in my CSU Creative Movement Teaching Class as a springboard for a movement lesson. We are working on generating lessons for kids from the written word as well as visual art! And our class meets on Valentine’s Day! Thanks!!

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  3. I enjoy your picks. There is always so much balance in the covers and illustrations. I’ve noticed that as I’ve read your reviews each week. This is a great book Valentines Day and kids will have fun using their imaginations!

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  4. Wow! I’m amazed at all the Valentine’s Day books that are out there! How do you choose?! This one looks very cute. I appreciate that you shared both versions! I’ll have to check them out. I wonder if it thunders when it rains hearts?

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    • I read all that I could in the last month and came back to this favorite! Mind you, I read between 75-100 a wk, and there aren’t that many, at least at my library. The Christmas selection was quite another task!

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