Don't Be My Valentine

by Joan M. Lexau
illustrated by Syd Hoff

This is an easy reader book about a mystery in Sam and Amy Lou's classroom. Sam and Amy Lou are two classmates who do not get along. Amy Lou is always trying to help Sam and Sam does not want Amy Lou bugging him all the time. Upset with Amy Lou, Sam makes a less than nice valentine for her. This is a mystery about who gave Sam's valentine card (which was intended for Amy Lou) to the teacher.

My kids enjoyed this book. They thought it was quite humorous. However, I was sure to point out how mean Sam and Amy Lou were to each other. It tied in perfectly with our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:18, which says, "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."