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Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day!

by Gail Gibbons
     
 

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Every February 2, people all across the country wonder about the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Will he see his shadow on that day or won't he? Will spring come early or late? Here is information about Groundhog Day, its origins, and the animal at the center of this delightful annual event.

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Every February 2, people all across the country wonder about the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Will he see his shadow on that day or won't he? Will spring come early or late? Here is information about Groundhog Day, its origins, and the animal at the center of this delightful annual event.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Either "Six more weeks of winter!" or the promise of "an early spring," is the prediction people anticipate hearing on February 2 — Groundhog Day. The "Queen of Explanatory Books," Gail Gibbons, has given us the definitive Groundhog's Day book for young people. In this accessible picture book, Gibbons presents the history of the custom of observing the actions of groundhogs as they emerge from their burrows (willingly or not) on Feb. 2 and a brief look at their natural history. Many people think that if a groundhog sees its shadow upon "popping out" from underground, that there will be a six weeks extension of winter; should he fail to see his shadow there will be an early spring. The custom of observing animals in the middle of winter came to North American with European settlers. In the small town of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, the custom has become a yearly celebration and all of the weather predictions are made by Punxsutawney Phil—a long line of groundhogs all give the same name. Gibbons then goes on to present a close look at the actual life-cycle of groundhogs, also called woodchucks, using a more realistic watercolor style than her usual cartoon-like depiction of humans or other animals. The cutaway sections showing groundhog burrows make it particularly easy for young people to understand the living habits of these furry, hibernating creatures. A simple map of North America shows areas populated by groundhogs, and gives the names of other celebrated "hogs." My favorite is, Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, NC — although, I do think "Chuck Wood" of Los Angeles, CA is a clever name, as well. Teachers and care givers will appreciate having this title to add to theircollection of books that lay out the basic facts about holidays or other areas of interest to early listeners/readers.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4
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.

From the Publisher
"Gibbons presents the basics, but she also offers information on groundhogs...Familiar artwork extends the text."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421169
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
345,516
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons is a best-selling children's author and illustrator. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in a secluded area of Vermont where she is surrounded by all kinds of wildlife. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com.

Gail Gibbons is a best-selling children's author and illustrator. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in a secluded area of Vermont where she is surrounded by all kinds of wildlife. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com.

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