The history of the holiday is shrouded in mystery, but we do know that Valentine's Day wasn't always a time for red roses and candy hearts. In Celebrate Valentine's Day young readers learn that some historians trace the feast of the patron saint of love to ancient Greek and Roman festivals that signaled the beginning of spring.
Read about international Valentine's Day traditions such as making and exchanging cards; giving flowers, candy, balloons, and other gifts; attending special parties at school; and baking cookies and other treats. And learn how the holiday's popularity has grown around the world, particularly in Korea and Japan, where office workers give chocolates to their co-workers on Valentine's Day. The book includes fun facts, a recipe, a resource list, and more.
Deborah Heiligman is the award-winning author of 19 children's books. She specializes in simplifying complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies. She has also written other books for National Geographic including High Hopes and Babies. Learn more about the author at www.deborahheiligman.com.