Andrew Mcgroundhog and His Shady Shadow

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How did Groundhog Day get its start? Andrew McGroundhog can tell you. He was just trying to go fishing one day, when he heard someone talking to him, but there was no one there. Who could be talking to him?

It was his shadow. And the shadow was not very happy. In fact, he was downright unhappy. He was tired of being dragged around during the wintertime. It was too cold for him to be in the water when Andrew fished or walked over bridges. It wasn't fun to get stepped on by ...

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Overview

How did Groundhog Day get its start? Andrew McGroundhog can tell you. He was just trying to go fishing one day, when he heard someone talking to him, but there was no one there. Who could be talking to him?

It was his shadow. And the shadow was not very happy. In fact, he was downright unhappy. He was tired of being dragged around during the wintertime. It was too cold for him to be in the water when Andrew fished or walked over bridges. It wasn't fun to get stepped on by Shetland ponies and cows. He thought he had a better idea--hibernation. The McBears did it. The McFroggies did it. Why not the McGroundhogs?

Did Andrew agree with his shadow or did the shadow have to find a way to convince him? Either way, a new holiday was born, and Andrew McGroundhog wants to share the story with you.

Peter J. Welling is a writer and illustrator from Indianapolis. He has had several of his "moral stories" published and is the art director for Futures magazine. In his spare time, this father of four and grandfather of two volunteers at his youngest son's elementary school, where he has won the "Parent Volunteer of the Year Award" twice.

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Gr 1-3-This Scottish twist on the groundhog story is full of visual and literal humor. Andrew McGroundhog's shadow is tired of following him around, freezing in water, exhausted from going up and down trees, and being stepped on and sat upon. Shadow and Andrew make a deal to hibernate and come out when spring arrives. Many jokes will be over children's heads ("a cool breeze would often catch him under his kilt") but they will enjoy the "OW!!s" and "YIPES!!" and bonks on the nose. The cartoon illustrations will amuse as well, particularly the array of critters surrounding Andrew, including the Loch Ness monster, a feisty red crowlike bird, and rabbits playing hopscotch. However, the wordy text is in need of some pruning. Also, one must wonder why Andrew has a shadow and the Wicken Tree and cairn of blue rocks do not? A glossary of Scottish words is included, although the pronunciations are somewhat confusing.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565547117
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,027,699
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.29 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2001

    Funny and informative

    Tells the Scottish legend behind Groundhog Day in a lighthearted style great for all ages. Grade school teachers especially would find this book helpful in the classroom. Has a fun glossary in the back defining all the Scottish expressions that are used.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    A five star childrens book if I've ever seen one!

    A fantastic childrens book! Creative writing, cute , meaningful artwork, and a great message! I look forward to sseeing more from Mr. Welling in the future!

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