Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerIt is Groundhog Day, and Dad takes his son to a celebratory event. Will the groundhog see his shadow? Three men in overcoats and top hats are gathered around the groundhog enclosure. A marching band provides a drumbeat and some fun. The doors open, and the groundhog appears. One of the men lifts him up. There is no shadow. Spring is on the way. Things will soon be green. The boy and his dad stop at a flower shop and buy Mother a pretty plant. The dragon is present throughout the book, but he is not acknowledged until the final scene, in which the boy speaks directly to him. Large, colorful illustrations offer clues for reading the words in the story. Hillert includes a note to caregivers about using the book and two pages for reading reinforcement with phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension. An additional page provides a word list. Part of the "Dear Dragon" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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The Dear Dragon series is made up of several books that are easy readers. They use site vocabulary that is printed in the back of the book. It reminds me of the books I learned to read with. In this book, father and son travel to see what Groundhog Day is all about. They go to see the Groundhog come out of his burrow to see if he will see his shadow. Of course Dragon comes along as well. They learn what happens if he sees his shadow, and about the celebrations surrounding Groundhog day. The one thing I would like to have seen would have been some mention that this is not a scientific notion, it is more like an "Old Wives Tale" that many people participate in. The illustrations are wonderful and illustrate the text perfectly. These Beginning-to-Read books capture the imaginations of beginning readers and help them on their way to independent reading. They could also be read aloud to young children who are not able to read yet. A great addition to a family library or a primary classroom.