February 2, 2013

Gifts from the heart

Posted in Between Us column, Books at 8:39 pm by dinaheng

The wonderful thing about Valentine’s Day is that it’s a reminder to share your love.

Reading through “Mia The Sweetest Valentine,” a new paperback book with stickers, by Robin Farley ($4.99, Harper Festival) is sure to take adults down memory lane to school days when Valentine’s Day was all about making your own greeting cards and sharing special treats.Dinah Eng

The book, aimed at ages four to eight, tells the sweet tale of Mia, who exchanges homemade valentines with her friends Anna and Ruby. While in the kitchen, Mia spots an irresistible heart-shaped box of chocolates on the table. She, of course, has to share the goodies with her friends.

When the play date is over, Mia’s friends leave her, and an empty box of chocolates behind. Mia’s dad, who has purchased the chocolates for his wife’s Valentine’s Day present, and Mia must then scramble to figure out what else they can give to Mia’s mom for Heart Day.

Little ones will enjoy using the stickers to make their own love-filled creations.

Whether you’re young or old, Dallas Clayton’s “An Awesome Book of Love” ($16.99, Harper) is a touching tribute to the emotion that defines our humanity. With simple phrases and colorful illustrations, this tome to love will touch anyone’s heart.

As this snippet from the book says…

“I love you in so many ways
Over thousands of years
Over billions of days.”

Who wouldn’t want to be loved that much?

For those who’d rather listen than read, a beautiful new album by world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo would definitely impress. “Songs ” (Sony Classical Catalog No. 88691934932), the tenor’s first pop album in more than 20 years, presents a collection of popular melodies ranging from “Come What May” from the film “Moulin Rouge” to Shania Twain’s hit, “From This Moment On.”

Great duets are sung with notable artists, like “Time After Time” with Harry Connick, Jr. and “Come What May” with Katherine Jenkins. Who could resist the Spanish love song “Cancion para una reina” (“Song For A Queen”)? Even if you don’t understand Spanish, all you have to do is close your eyes and imagine.

Valentine’s Day gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a cupcake from the corner bakery, a handwritten poem, or a foot rub at the end of the day, the form doesn’t really matter. Just take the time to tell someone you care.

Their heart will love it. And so will yours.

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