Has it ever rained hearts in your neighborhood? It did in Cornelia Augusta’s neighborhood in Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond, the illustrator of the popular Mouse Cookie books. Cornelia did the obvious thing, and gathered up as many as she could carry. Realizing that each heart looked different after she got them home, she decided to incorporate them into valentine cards for her friends. Cornelia Augusta carefully studied each heart from all different angles to decide which heart was the right one for each friend:
Then Cornelia Augusta took an especially handsome heart and pasted it on a piece of paper. In the center of the heart she glued a cotton ball, one that was very white and very soft. And she knew instantly who this card would be for.
Using simple art supplies that will be familiar to young children (scissors, paste, watercolors), Cornelia Augusta carefully handcrafted special cards for each of her friends, but the full picture of each card is not revealed at this point in the story. First, Cornelia Augusta stamps and mails each card, and then the reader gets to see what they look like as each recipient is revealed. Kids will try to guess who the cards are for as Cornelia makes them, but they may be surprised by the results.
The Day it Rained Hearts has become a Valentine’s Day favorite of ours, and even though my boys are older, they still look forward to revisiting this timeless story of love and friendship each year. The way the story is written makes it easy to read aloud. My only complaint is that the pictures are small and do not fill up the pages. It would be easier to share this book while reading aloud if children could get a closer look without having to strain to do so. The Day it Rained Hearts inspired us to make homemade valentines, which we delivered to residents in our local nursing home. They were delighted by their hand-made hearts, and my kids were smiling inside and out after experiencing what Cornelia Augusta knew herself: the best use for your heart is sharing it with others.