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A look at some fascinating facts about this red-letter day, presented in Gibbons's signature style. Readers will learn about the traditions that led to the big celebration now held each year on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA. The author includes tidbits about the groundhog's diet, habitat, burrows, newborns/kits and looks at past cultures that depended on hibernating animals to help them determine the arrival of spring. Today's "belief" that there will be six more weeks of winter if a groundhog sees his shadow is explained in terms that are perfect for children's level of understanding. Pair this informative and entertaining title with one of the many fictional picture books available on this subject for a fun and fact-filled lesson.
—Maura BresnahanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted February 20, 2010
Groundhog Day provides a fun and factual read-aloud that is entertaining for all primary grades. My second graders loved it! They especially enjoyed learning about groundhog babies, how they are born, and how groundhogs live underground in tunnels. This book is an excellent resource for teachers.
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