Roses are Pink,
Your Feet Really Stink


by Diane de Groat

Gilbert writes unkind Valentine poems for two fellow students and signs their names to the poems. When his actions are discovered, he's ostracized until he musters the courage to apologize and make amends with new poems and homemade cookies.

We like that this book is more than just another cute story about exchanging Valentines. The ending is definitely predictable, but that's okay.

One thing we appreciate about this book is that children understand Gilbert's dilemma, and learn from his good example of apologizing and making things right after being unkind to others. A great discussion starter!

This book won a number of awards and recognitions, including:

  • International Reading Association Children's Choice Award
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • C.S. Lewis Medal Book 1997


Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Gr. 1-3               DRA Level:  20                  Lexile Measure: 590L
Grade Level Equiv:  4.2            Guided Reading: L


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