Each of our holidays has its own familiar traditions such as exchanging cards on Valentine's Day. But where do these customs come from, when did they begin, and why do we continue to observe them? In the engaging blend of careful research and lively prose that has earned her books a lasting place on the holiday bookshelf, Edna Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with our favorite holidays. Full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories, Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses: The Story of the Valentine Symbols is both informative and engaging. Festively illustrated by Ursula Arndt, featuring an eye-catching jacket designs, and fun holiday activities. Inside the paperback covers includes an annotated list of holiday stories and poems and an index. For ages 8-12.