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No Valentines for Katie
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Katie Woo

No Valentines for Katie

by Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Katie Woo's class had a special celebration for Valentine's Day. Katie had lots of fun reading the little candy hearts that her teacher handed out. But when everyone got a special valentine except her, she felt terrible. Could it be that nobody likes Katie Woo?

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level490L
ATOS Level2.5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #138151
PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandKatie Woo
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $22.65 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal - Sarah Provence

"In Katie Saves Thanksgiving , the second grader’s guests are stuck in the snow and the family oven goes on the fritz. Fortunately, while shoveling her neighbor’s walk, Katie learns that the woman will be all alone for the holiday, and her oven works just fine. In No Valentines , Katie’s teacher has the students draw names, asks them to make a valentine for that person, and to include a compliment. Katie becomes so involved in making her valentine for the new student in her class that she forgets to put her name and the boy’s valentine in the box. The compliments are then exchanged verbally, and they become friends. Each page features a colorful illustration and large-print, short sentences. The stories have a message without being heavy-handed, using simple language and incidents relevant to students’ lives. Each book includes discussion questions and a craft or baked item to make." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2011

Children's Literature Newsletter - Nancy Garhan Attebury

"At Katie's school, Valentine's Day is filled with fun when the class does math and reading that centers on a heart theme. Excitement increases when the teacher assigns students the job to write their names on a slip of paper and deposit it in a pretty Valentine box. Each child selects a name from the box, creates a Valentine for that child, and writes something nice about the classmate. Katie chooses the name of the new boy Barry and paints him a Valentine. But after all of the Valentines are done and read, Katie discovers that she did not get a card and her feelings are hurt. Then she realizes she did not put her name in the box. The teacher asks for a volunteer to write something nice about Katie on the board and Barry volunteers. Barry thinks that he did not get a card either until Katie jumps up and gives him the one she made for him. Much to their delight, Katie and Barry discover that they both said the same nice thing about each other. The day ends well when Barry is invited to walk home with Katie and her friends. This book works well for guided reading and emerging and early readers. It contains three short chapters with short sentences and big print. Readers can identify with the simple problem and solution. A bonus that includes a glossary, discussion questions, a writing project, and a fun recipe for heart breadsticks is at the back of the book. The book comes from the "Katie Woo" series that contains delightful stories for holidays. Other books in the series feature Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the Fourth of July. 2011, Picture Window Books, $19.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury (Children's Literature)." - Children's Literature Newsletter

February 1, 2011

The Reading Tub

"Summary: Miss Winkle started Valentine's Day with a math puzzle. Everyone drew a heart and then tried to figure out how many candy hearts fit inside. Katie was having fun reading all the messages while everyone put their name on a piece of paper and dropped it in the box. When they came back from recess, each student drew a name and wrote something they liked about that student. Everyone had someone write something nice about them, but not Katie. Didn't anyone have anything nice to say? or did Katie forget to put her name in the box? This is an easy reader chapter book featuring an Asian girl as its star. Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book Big Kid Reaction: It was easy to see where this was going just from the front cover (Katie has a sad face). The illustrations help with the text and the story flows nicely, so I hope kids get past the image on the front. The author offers writing prompts, a recipe, and other ideas in the back that can also help engage readers. Pros: Kids will instantly like Katie and understand her emotions over thinking she was left out. This is a nice story that can be read any time of year when you need a book about feelings and saying kind things. This isn't overly text heavy, so preschool audiences would sit through this and enjoy it, too. Cons: None. Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice series and well worth the read. If you have a child who tends to leave out others (or vice versa), this might be a good book to have handy on the shelf. If You Liked This Book, Try: KATIE WOO: GOODBYE TO GOLDIE , SUGAR COOKIES: SWEET LITTLE LESSONS ON LOVE , DOROTHY AND THE GLASSES Educational Themes: Because the book is broken into chapters, you can pause and ask kids what they think will happen next. You can also go one step further and ask kids to pick out names from a box to write/say something nice ... for Valentines or "just because." Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need. Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, holiday, easy reader, friendship, feelings, series book" - The Reading Tub

November 1, 2010


Reading Today Online - Barbara A. Ward, Washington State University Pullman

"This is a sweet way to discuss the feeling of being left out although Katie is upset over nothing in the end. It’s also a gentle reminder not to forget that everyone needs a little love now and then. The illustrations capture the sweet nature of Katie and her classmates." - Reading Today Online

February 13, 2013

Substitutes, FTW! blog - Veronica Chase

"When I was growing up, it was quite a task to find a book series featuring a female protagonist who was not white. Ramona Quimby, Nancy Drew, the Sweet Valley Twins, 95% of the Babysitter’s Club, etc. were all white. They are wonderful books and children from any race can read and enjoy stories about these characters, but I wondered what young black, Hispanic, Asian, and other races lost when they got few chances to read books about characters that look like them. If any race can read and love Ramona, shouldn’t they all be given the chance to read and relate to a black character, or an Asian one? Why don’t publishers make more of these books? Tough we are aware of the reasons why it’s important for students to read books like this, there is still a paucity of books available that spotlight racially diverse characters. Nevertheless, there are now a lot more options for young readers. I love seeing girls with their noses in books, and I was struck when I saw girls of all races reading two series starring diverse female protagonists: Katie Woo and Dyamonde Daniel . Katie Woo is an award-winning series for young readers. Katie’s series contains short sentences and nice illustrations for students just beginning chapter books. Her covers are as vivid and inviting as her stories! Katie is in first grade and she’s had to deal with the loss of a beloved pet , a bully and lying . I love that likeable series features an Asian protagonist, though it is sadly one of the few I’ve ever seen that does so." - Substitutes, FTW! blog

June 11, 2011

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.

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