Saint Valentine

by Robert Sabuda
Illustrator Robert Sabuda

Atheneum Books For Young Readers | October 31, 1992 | Hardcover

Saint Valentine is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
In ancient Rome there lived a gentle and humble man named Valentine. He was a physician, but he was also a Christian priest whose life and freedom were in constant danger in a city of people who believed in so many gods, not just one. So Valentine tended to his patients in the daytime, but he prayed for them only at night.

One day a jailer from the emperor's prison appeared at Valentine's door with his small child, a girl who was blind. Knowing the difficulty of curing blindness, Valentine vowed to do his best, and over the weeks of treatment and prayer the three became fast friends. But even his friendship with the jailer could not save Valentine when the Roman soldier came to imprison him.

Here, accompanied by Robert Shabuda's dramatic mosaics evoking the time period in which the story takes place, is the story of a man whose goodness and faith brought about a miracle, and whose name lives on today in one of our most celebrated holidays.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.25 × 8.38 × 0.4 in

Published: October 31, 1992

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 068931762X

ISBN - 13: 9780689317620

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Real St. Valentine This standard size picture book tells the story of the real Saint Valentine and leads us to understand why February 14 was declared St. Valentine's Day by the Pope in 496 AD. A well-written story with a plot that ends just before his execution. I've read this before to my older son and the 8yo enjoyed it very much. The first thing to strike him was the illustrations. "Why are the pictures all squares, mum?" So before reading the book I told him a bit about ancient Rome and the art of mosaics. Enjoyable book and a must for Christians who want to explain the religious meaning of the secular holiday.
Date published: 2009-02-18

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Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

by Robert Sabuda
Illustrator Robert Sabuda

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.25 × 8.38 × 0.4 in

Published: October 31, 1992

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 068931762X

ISBN - 13: 9780689317620

From the Publisher

In ancient Rome there lived a gentle and humble man named Valentine. He was a physician, but he was also a Christian priest whose life and freedom were in constant danger in a city of people who believed in so many gods, not just one. So Valentine tended to his patients in the daytime, but he prayed for them only at night.

One day a jailer from the emperor's prison appeared at Valentine's door with his small child, a girl who was blind. Knowing the difficulty of curing blindness, Valentine vowed to do his best, and over the weeks of treatment and prayer the three became fast friends. But even his friendship with the jailer could not save Valentine when the Roman soldier came to imprison him.

Here, accompanied by Robert Shabuda's dramatic mosaics evoking the time period in which the story takes place, is the story of a man whose goodness and faith brought about a miracle, and whose name lives on today in one of our most celebrated holidays.

About the Author

ROBERT SHABUDA grew up in Pickney, Michigan, and is a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City. He has illustrated several books for children, among which are Walden by Henry david Thoreau; and I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman. Earth Verses and Water Rhymes by J. Patrick Lewis (1991) was Mr. Sabuda's first book with Atheneum. He currently lives in New York City with his companion, Dale Stine, and their cats, Tammy and Reba.

From Our Editors

Valentine lives a modest life in the ancient city of Rome. He is a physician who heals his patients with herbs and powders--and with the power of prayer, for he is also a Christian priest, at a time when Christians are persecuted. The life of the man who brought about a miracle through goodness and faith. Full-color mosaics

Appropriate for ages: 4