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The Valentine Box

About Artwork

Written by Maud Hart Lovelace and illustrated by Ingrid Fetz, this book was first published in 1966 by Thomas Y. Crowell Company. This full-color reprint was published by Minnesota Heritage Publishing in 2021.

“It was always hard to be a shy new girl, but today it was especially hard for Janice, because the fifth grade was having its Valentine party. What if there were no valentines for her in the big red Valentine Box? She had pasted and colored valentines for boys and girls in her class, and she hoped they would become her friends, but she hadn’t made any real friends yet. Janice wished she could stay home, but of course she couldn’t. Then, on the way to school, trudging through the snow, she had an adventure.”

Cost: $15.00

Signed: Yes


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About the Artist

Julie Schrader grew up on a farm in Southern Minnesota and lives in North Mankato. Her interest in history, genealogy, research, and writing led to her first book, The History of the Red Jacket Valley, published in 2001, the same year she established Minnesota Heritage Publishing. Local historical research led to a fascination with author Maud Hart Lovelace and her works resulting in two books, Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley and Discover Deep Valley. She edited two volumes of Collected Stories of Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace and has republished three out of print books by Lovelace: The Black Angels, One Stayed at Welcome and The Tune is in the Tree. Betsy, Tacy & Friends Paper Doll Book: The Hill Street Collection, illustrated by Eileen Rudisill Miller will be released this fall. She co-authored the Boy in Blue with Bryce Stenzel on the history and re-creation of Mankato's Civil War memorial.