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Clifford's First Valentine's Day [Paperback]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 8.04" Height: 0.17"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1997
Publisher   Cartwheel
Age  4-8
ISBN  0590921622  
EAN  9780590921626  
UPC  078073003259  

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Item Description...
So tiny that he can fit into Emily Elizabeth's pocket, the small red puppy Clifford gets into a heap of trouble as he gets covered with valentine paste, falls into a post office chute, and disappears in a mountain of mail. Original.

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So tiny that he can fit into Emily Elizabeth's pocket, the small red puppy Clifford gets into a heap of trouble as he gets covered with valentine paste, falls into a post office chute, and disappears in a mountain of mail.
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More About Norman Bridwell

Norman Bridwell Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, Norman Bridwell was always drawing. “I was not good at sports and my high school shop teacher, after a few days of class, took my tools away, telling me 'Here's a pad of paper instead. You seem to like to draw: stick to that,'” Bridwell remembers. But not everyone believed his drawings or writing would someday delight millions of children (and parents and teachers) around the world, a point he likes to stress when he visits schools, something which he does frequently. “I always liked to draw,” Bridwell tells children, “but I was never considered very good. In school there was always someone better than me; the art teacher always liked their work better than mine. Teachers didn't like my writing either.”

After high school, Bridwell wanted to turn his love of drawing into a career. He studied first at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and then moved to New York, where he took classes at another art school, Cooper Union, for two years. He then went to work as a commercial artist. It was in 1962 while he was working as a freelance filmstrip and slide illustrator and drawing mostly cartoons that Bridwell decided to put together a portfolio of colorful drawings and make the rounds of children's book publishers. Now married, with an infant daughter — Emily — he was hoping to supplement his income with some extra work illustrating books.

Bridwell visited about fifteen publishing houses but there were no assignments to be had, and even worse, seemingly little hope for any in the future. One editor at Harper & Row went so far as to tell Bridwell that his art by itself was just not good enough, and she didn't think anybody would ask him to illustrate a book for them. But amazingly enough, she also made the suggestion that helped bring him the phenomenal success he enjoys today. She advised him to write a story to go along with one of his pictures. She picked out his sketch of a baby girl and a horse-sized bloodhound and casually said, “There might be a story in this,” Bridwell remembers.

All-Around Dog

He wasted no time in taking her advice, but he did decide to make the bloodhound even bigger and more of an “all-around” dog — much like the dog he had wanted as a little boy, one that he could ride and who would be a fun companion. Bridwell remembers speaking to the editor on a Friday, and “By Monday, I had done this little book about a girl and her dog,” he says.

Now all he needed were names for his characters. “I wanted to call the dog 'Tiny,' but Norma (his wife) said that was boring and suggested 'Clifford' after an imaginary friend from her childhood,” Bridwell says. The little girl's name, however, was easy. Bridwell named her Emily Elizabeth, after his young daughter. He dropped off his drawings and manuscript at Scholastic and tried not to expect anything. Three weeks later the phone rang. Scholastic wanted to publish Clifford the Big Red Dog. At the time, Bridwell couldn't quite believe it. “I said to my wife, 'Now don't count on there being any more. This one is just a fluke. I don't know if there will ever be another one.'” But it was no fluke — so far over 40 Clifford books have been published. But Bridwell, who now has been a best-selling author-illustrator for years, still refuses to take all the credit for his spectacular success. “Luck has a lot to do with it,” he modestly insists. “So much of it has to do with stumbling into the right characteristics of this big red dog and situations you can use in a story.”

“He's Red and He's Warm”

Bridwell sums up Clifford's characteristics matter-of-factly: “He's red and he's warm. Clifford does what you'd like to do but can't. Because Clifford is so big and also because he's a dog, he's able to do the most unbelievable and imaginative things.” But not too unbelievable or imaginative. You won't see Clifford traveling in outer space, for example. Bridwell is firm about his decision that Clifford won't do anything that a real dog wouldn't do.

Although Clifford books are based on rather ordinary events, such as camping, going to the seashore, or the circus, when the Big Red Dog comes on the scene, things start to happen! “Clifford always tries to do the right thing,” Bridwell explains, “but he does make mistakes.” Bridwell gets the ideas for Clifford's behavior from other dogs — dogs in movies, dogs in stories, and, of course, dogs he's watched over the years, including his own. After Bridwell decides what will happen in the story, he sketches it out. Next, he writes the text — first just letting the story flow and later revising it. From start to finish, the process usually takes about three months.

Despite his (and Clifford's) success, Bridwell, like anyone who does anything creative, still can't always predict how others will respond to his work. In just a few hours on the night before he was to meet with his editor about a Clifford book that he had worked on for many weeks, Bridwell drew some sketches and put together the text for what would become one of his most popular books, The Witch Next Door. Bridwell thought he was just bringing along something extra, but The Witch Next Door, about a kindly witch and her friendship with her two young neighbors, was accepted for publication while the Clifford book was rejected. “That's the way it goes,” Bridwell says, calling The Witch Next Door a “happy accident.”

“Someday You Will Succeed”

But what he has obviously learned and what he tries to stress to young writers is that rejection is not a reason to give up. “Sometimes you'll do something that you really like and no one else does. You'll feel terrible, but you've just got to press on and keep trying. If you like doing it and keep working at it, then someday you will succeed.”

Norman Bridwell certainly has succeeded. There are over 44 million copies of his books in print and many of his stories are translated into other languages.

Norman Bridwell now resides on Martha's Vineyard with his family, where he enjoys beachcombing, photography, and, of course, creating new tales and drawings for his fans the world over.

Norman Bridwell lived in Edgartown, in the state of Massachusetts. Norman Bridwell was born in 1928 and died in 2014.

Norman Bridwell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  2. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Board Books)
  3. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Paperback)
  4. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Pb)
  5. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic Audio)
  6. Clifford the Small Red Puppy
  7. Clifford's Big Ideas
  8. Lector de Scholastic: Nivel 1
  9. Scholastic Reader: Level 1

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
First Grade Favorite!  May 8, 2007
My 1st graders love this book! It is one of the favorites of the Clifford series.
Clifford's First Valentines Day  Dec 19, 2005
Oh this book is just adorable!! I love it! I remember laughing at the picture where he was stuck to the paper hearts and was a "sticky mess" when I was younger but I dont know why. I guess I was just a weird little kid. I was happy when they finally found Clifford in the mailroom though. This book is really easy to read and the illustrations are really really cute!
I gave this book 5 stars.
Kathy Weirauch
Clifford's First Valentine's Day Was Great!  Jan 22, 2003
Cliffords first Valentine's Day is a good book. It is best for kids the age of 4-6 because it uses small words. It is also easy for the children to comprehend. Clifford jumps into the mail cart and gets lost in the mail. I would recommend this book to any children interested in books. It is a good book.
Puppy Love!  Jan 16, 2001
This is a story about when Clifford, the big red dog, was a small puppy. He was tiny compared to his friend, Emily Elizabeth. After he was grown, he towered over her. She asks you, "Guess who always gets the biggest valentine?"

On Clifford's first Valentine's Day, Emily Elizabeth was making valentines for her mother, father, grandma, and grandpa. Clifford wanted to help. Emily Elizabeth gave him some paper. While she used scissors, Clifford used his puppy teeth!

In those days, you glued valentines together with smelly white paste. Clifford starting sniffing, and soon had the paste all over his paws. Then he ran all over the valentines. Eventually, Emily Elizabeth got everything sorted out. Then, she put Clifford into her pocket for a ride to the post office to mail the valentines. The complications really started to multiply there!

But when they all returned safely home, Emily Elizabeth concluded this about Clifford, "He will always be my favorite valentine." Now, that's real love.

One of the many beauties of this story is that Emily Elizabeth acts throughout in a thoughtful responsible way. In doing so, she becomes a good model for what a child should do with a new pet. This includes paying attention to the young animal, playing together, and cleaning up when problems occur. It also means watching out for the pet's safety.

If your young child has been interested in having a pet, this would be a good story to read together. Then you could discuss what the responsibilities are of having a pet, especially a frisky puppy. You can ask your child how she or he would have handled the situations that arise with Clifford in the book. Also, you can talk about how small puppies do grow into large dogs. Will the fun continue then, or does the pet become a parental responsibility then?

Pets can be a wonderful experience for children, and the experience is improved by spending some time first thinking through what is involved in an unemotional way. This book can help your child to do that.

Enjoy giving and receiving love from your children . . . and their pets!

Another exciting adventure featuring the small red puppy!  Jan 14, 1997
Meet Elizabeth and her dog, Clifford! With Valentines Day a month away, you don't want to miss out on this great story! Join Clifford as he celebrates his First Valentines Day! In this heart-pounding adventure, Clifford tries to eat some glue while creating Valentine cards with his owner, Elizabeth, and also goes for a ride down the postal chute when mailing the cards! This is one story you don't want your children to miss this Valentine's Day!

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