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April Fools, Phyllis!

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It might be April Fools' Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn't over yet.

Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools' Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Once again Phyllis gets the last laugh in this buoyant ...

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Overview

It might be April Fools' Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn't over yet.

Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools' Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Once again Phyllis gets the last laugh in this buoyant holiday tale. "

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K-Gr 2—Punxsutawney Phyllis (Holiday House, 2005) was about Groundhog Day. This story has the young creature predicting a blizzard on the first day of April. All of the other groundhogs think that she is playing an April Fool's Day joke on them and continue with their plans for the Spring Treasure Hunt. While totally engaged in finding and following clues, they don't notice that the temperature is dropping. Before they know it, they are caught in a blizzard, and Phyllis must get the little groundhogs back to safety. She does so by creating and following a sap line all the way home. The sap line concept may be confusing to some children and that aspect of the story will need to be explained to make the resolution understandable. The illustrations are done in acrylics and are a bit muted and in earth tones, reflecting the impending doom of the blizzard. Yet they are still playful, with each groundhog having its own special feature that sets it apart from the rest: a sweater, glasses, a hat, etc. Classrooms will find good use for this book as an introduction to the season and its unpredictable weather. However, the title is a bit misleading as the story focuses more on the treasure hunt, the blizzard, and the rescue than on April foolery. Additional.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422708
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 821,812
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Honestly, there aren't that many April Fools Day books on the ma

    Honestly, there aren't that many April Fools Day books on the market, and with small children at home, I like to celebrate each new holiday and season with a themed book. Beyond its theme, there are several elements to recommend this book. First, its discussion of weather and natural cycles can inspire lessons about how to predict weather, signs of spring and winter and the like. Second, children actually participate in the Spring Treasure Hunt along with Phyllis and her cousins. My three and five-year-old love puzzles and mysteries, and they enjoyed shouting out their guesses to each new clue. Finally, Hill includes a historical note in the back of the book detailing the origins of April Fools Day. As with the best children's books, I learned something new. I had no idea that April 1st originally was considered New Year's Day under the Julian calendar. When the Gregorian calendar took root beginning in 1582, New Year's Day became January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate April 1st as the first day of the new year were considered the original fools.
    For teachers, homeschoolers and interested parents, ¿Hill includes classroom guides for kindergarten, first and second grade on her Web site. These guides align with many state standards for several subjects. Just for fun, Hill also has a Phyllis paper doll dress up page and a maze worksheet.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    My Review: Punxsutawney Phyllis knew everything about the weather and when she woke up on April First, the day of spring she knew winter wasn't over yet and that a blizzard is brewing. She needed to let the others know so that the treasure hunt has to be canceled. But will they believe her since its April Fools' Day and would Phyllis find a way to save April Fools' Day from disaster?

    Someone is always playing the April Fool game but the lesson in this book shows that even though it's April Fools' Day we should take time to pay attention to the issues or situation just in case it has nothing to do with April Fools' Day. The author also gives a brief history of April Fools' Day at the end of the story.

    Illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler added more fun to the story. I recommend this book for the home and classroom reading.

    FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Cute Story

    We always love reading books by Susanna Hill.
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    The kids and parents truly enjoy reading her books. She has a great style.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    A Rollicking Good Time

    Phyllis is back, and my family is celebrating the chance to read another of her adventures. April Fool, Phyllis! is filled with fun--a treasure hunt, April Fool trickery, maple sugaring, and plenty of snow. Join Phyllis for this rollicking romp, which you and your children will relish equally.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Great for all ages

    I love giving this author's books to young friends of all ages--and APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS has already become a favorite of children and parents alike. A treasure hunt with riddles to solve in this cozy world, along with new knowledge of this fun day... What could be better? Wonderful illustrations that make this book a work of art, that's what!

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Not Just for April Fools Day!

    There aren't a whole lot of picture books about April Fools Day, so this is a great one to add to your collection. Not only is it a perfect April Fools read-aloud, it will be fun all year because there's so much more to the story. Like-able characters, appealing art, a treasure hunt - it just gets better and better. A story both boys and girls will love, and a must-have!

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Perfect for April Fools Day!

    This story has it all: an engaging main character (if you've read Punxsutawney Phyllis, you've met her before!) and her band of fun-loving cousins, a treasure hunt with riddles to solve, April Fools jokes, maple syrup, a blizzard, and more. My kids have asked for it over and over. The last page of the book includes information on the origin of April Fools Day and how it's celebrated in countries around the world. The author's website has fun activity pages, and if you happen to be a teacher, terrific classroom guides (which include content standards) for grades K, 1 and 2. Highly recommended!

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