Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off

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Mr. Groundhog tries to give his Groundhog Day duties away. He does not want to be blamed for six more weeks of winter anymore. He asks his friends to take on the responsibilities, but they are not interested. Instead, one by one his friends show him how he is perfectly suited to the role. Bilingual English and Spanish.

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Mr. Groundhog tries to give his Groundhog Day duties away. He does not want to be blamed for six more weeks of winter anymore. He asks his friends to take on the responsibilities, but they are not interested. Instead, one by one his friends show him how he is perfectly suited to the role. Bilingual English and Spanish.

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Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
What is a groundhog to do if he is deemed to be the villain almost every February 2? If you are Mr. Groundhog and keep seeing your shadow you ask Mrs. Rabbit, Mr. Turtle, Mrs. Squirrel, and Mrs. Raccoon to do your once a year duty. Unfortunately for Mr. Groundhog, they all refuse to do his job but assist him by providing him with a vest, hat, cane, and bow. At the end of the story, Mr. Groundhog has the attire for the day and makes the most of it by dancing and having fun. In this bilingual book, Spanish and English readers will enjoy the repeated pleas from Mr. Groundhog as he tries to get out of his anticipated duty. The translations are suitable for English and Spanish readers. The illustrations are whimsical and entertaining. This bilingual book would be a welcome addition to a bilingual classroom or as a read aloud for Groundhog Day. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Tired of incurring public disdain if he sees his shadow, Mr. Groundhog attempts to persuade other woodland animals to fill in for him. Although they all respectfully decline, they outfit him with a vest, top hat, cane, and bow tie. He uses his new attire to prance about on Groundhog's Day, dazzling the onlookers and inspiring all to dance. Levitskiy's whimsical illustrations done acrylic, watercolor, and colored pencil truly enhance the story. However, a few minor issues distract from the overall quality of the work. The landscapes seem to imply late spring as opposed to the coldest days of winter. In colder climates, where Groundhog Day is typically celebrated, the land turtle would likely be hibernating. The fingers on Mr. Groundhog's hands change from three to four fingers depending on the illustration. Still, these minor distractions shouldn't detract from a story that will appeal to youn—readers.—Cristi Jenkins, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934960790
  • Publisher: Raven Tree Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/16/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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