April Fools, Phyllis!

April Fools, Phyllis!

by Susanna Leonard Hill, Jeffrey Ebbeler
     
 

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

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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 Phylis gets the last laugh in this buoyant holiday tale.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422708
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Ebbeler the creators of Punxsutawney Phyllis, which Booklist called “charming” and which School Library Journal referred to as “exuberant.” He lives in Ohio.

Susanna Leonard Hill is the creators of Punxsutawney Phyllis, which Booklist called “charming” and which School Library Journal referred to as “exuberant.” She lives in New York.

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