Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day!

Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day!

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by Abby Levine, Paige Billin-Frye
     
 

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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 fo rhis shadow anymore—now it's Gretchen's turn. But she's too shy.

"A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday....Illustrations in soft pencil show appealing

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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 fo rhis shadow anymore—now it's Gretchen's turn. But she's too shy.

"A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday....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." Kirkus Reviews

"Whimsical, cartoon illustrations in pencil, watercolor, and gouache capture Gretchen's apprehension, her final triumph, and the uproar of the crowd. For fillers on Groundhog Day or dealing with fear, this title will fill the bill." School Library Journal

"An interesting introduction to Groundhog Day prefaces the story. Then it's all about Gretchen Groundhog, who comes from a long line of groundhog prognosticators but is too shy to go out in front of the crowd and peer at her shadow. . . . Few things are available for Groundhog Day, so libraries may find this useful for the holiday story hour; they may also want it on hand when requests come in for books about shyness. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations—full-page, half-page, and cameos—have lots of child appeal." Booklist

"A truly American story tell the tale of Gretchen the Groundhog as she faces and conquers one of our greatest fears--public speaking...This book is a unique rendering of the Groundhog Day story, with contemporary treatment."
Children's Literature

Abby Levine is the author of numerous books for children including This Is the Pumpkin and Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! She was a children’s book editor for many years. She lives in Illinois. 

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Kirkus Reviews
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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"A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday."

Kirkus Reviews

"For fillers on Groundhog Day or dealing with fear, this title will fill the bill."

School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497641105
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
18 MB
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Abby Levine is the author of numerous books for children including This Is the Pumpkin and Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! She was a children’s book editor for many years. She lives in Illinois. 

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Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
child-advocate More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story about trying something for the first time. Everyone rallied around Gretchen, helping her 'go out' for her debut as the groundhog predicting spring. Cote's detailed illustrations and perfect character expressions are delightful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago