This was the wonderful story of St. Valentine and how the holiday came about. Whether he is really the reason for the holiday is yet to be determined, it was a wonderful book. The story was so heart warming. The pictures were amazing. I had checked it out from the library but I ended up buying it off Amazon to add to our collection.
The story is about Valentine, a physician, who helps his patients often taking payment in whatever form the person could afford or not at all. A deeply religious man, he prays for his patients nightly.
One day, the local jailer brings him his blind daughter to heal. Valentine forms a friendship with the girl and her father. When he is arrested because of his religion, the jailer father can not save him. Valentine sends a note to the girl with a yellow crocus in it. When she opens it , the flower falls out and legend has it , her vision is restored.
The setting is ancient Rome where many early Christians were persecuted. Valentine ends up dying a martyr’s death. The story is beautifully written and the pictures are drawn in paper mosaics to suggest early Christian art. Robert Sabuda is a phenomenal artist. The mosaics literally jump off the page and beg you to study them.
This is a perfect example of a living book. I am glad that I read it with Madison as one of our 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. Both children enjoyed learning about the history of the holiday. It was a great story that fit in well with our history lessons as we move from ancient Greece to ancient Rome.