Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day!

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It's almost Groundhog Day, and the town of Piccadilly is all a-buzz because Gretchen Groundhog will not Go Out. Her Great-Uncle Gus is too old to look for his shadow anymore—now it's Gretchen's turn. But she's too shy.

When she has to take over the job of appearing in Piccadilly on Groundhog Day to look for her shadow, Gretchen Groundhog is worried and nervous and threatens not to come out.

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It's almost Groundhog Day, and the town of Piccadilly is all a-buzz because Gretchen Groundhog will not Go Out. Her Great-Uncle Gus is too old to look for his shadow anymore—now it's Gretchen's turn. But she's too shy.

When she has to take over the job of appearing in Piccadilly on Groundhog Day to look for her shadow, Gretchen Groundhog is worried and nervous and threatens not to come out.

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Children's Literature - Carol Collins
This truly American story tells the tale of Gretchen the Groundhog as she faces and conquers one of our greatest fears_public speaking. All of the townsfolk of Piccadilly are counting on Gretchen to carry on the tradition of coming out of her burrow on February 2 to predict whether winter will continue for six more weeks or not. Her Great-Uncle Gus is too old to "Go Out," but Gretchen is afraid of the TV crews, the newspaper reporters, and the crowds and is determined to stay tucked in her private space. It isn't until the town historian's daughter shows the little groundhog how her forebears faced and conquered similar fears that she decides to "Go Out." This book is a unique rendering of the Groundhog Day story, with contemporary treatment. The warm, gentle illustrations are sparked by humorous touches such as the "Ode to the West Wind" hanging over the mantelpiece and the book Gretchen is reading, Down Under.
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A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday. Poor Gretchen Groundhog is very shy, but this year, it's her turn to pop out of the hole on February 2nd to tell everyone whether there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Great-Uncle Gus, too old for the job, offers Gretchen plenty of encouragement, but she just doesn't think she can manage with all those people. Then her human friend, Hester, the town historian's daughter, comes to visit with a box of old writings. Gretchen reads the words of other shy groundhogs from the past, e.g., Goody Groundhog who came on the Mayflower, George Groundhog who served at Valley Forge, etc. Gretchen realizes that she can face the crowds, just as her illustrious ancestors did, even before the official inauguration of Groundhog Day in 1887. Illustrations in soft pencil show appealing townspeople, an elegantly dressed little groundhog, and a charming burrow, complete with a picture window, stone fireplace, and a computer with Internet access ("You Have Mail"). Simple and sweet. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807530597
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 317,375
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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