Good ol' Charlie Brown spends all February 14 hoping he'll get a card from anyone, especially that little red-haired girl.
Based on years of Charles Schulz's beloved Valentine's Day comic strips, this TV special is as relevant today as it was when it was originally released in 1975. Young--and old--viewers can relate to the round-headed kid who struggles through life yet manages to remain optimistic. In this holiday classic, Charlie Brown proves that even if he doesn't get any valentines, he's still got heart.
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Preschoolers will be interested in the different characters -- especially Snoopy and Woodstock -- but may be as upset as Charlie Brown himself about the fact that he's the only student in his class who doesn't get a valentine. It may be a good time to talk to little ones about how they would feel if that happened to them, and explain the importance of not leaving people out because it causes hurt feelings.
Children who relate to Charlie Brown and his feelings of being alone and outcast will learn the vital life lesson of never giving up hope. Despite continually being made fun of, he plods on, confident that one day he'll get what he wants -- and eventually, in one of the bonus episodes, he actually does get to kiss his "dream girl!"
Tweens may feel sorry for Charlie Brown, and will hopefully become more aware of the way they treat others. They'll realize we all experience disappoint sometime, as they watch little Sally mistakenly believe that the chocolates Linus bought for his teacher are really for her. They may cringe when she says, "My loverboy approaches with my box of candy. I think I'll pucker up," and when Linus discovers the teacher leaving with her boyfriend, but they'll laugh when he starts tossing the chocolates off a bridge and Snoopy and Woodstock stand underneath to catch them in their mouths!