Punxsutawney Phyllis

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Children's Literature
Sometimes the best guy for a job is a girl, according to Punxsutawney Phyllis. Phyllis comes from a long line of distinguished rodents who emerge from their burrows on Groundhog Day (February 2) to predict either a lingering winter or an early spring. Phyllis longs for the honored task but is told repeatedly by extended family that it has always belonged to "a fellow," preferably one named Phil. However, when all the males old and young miss the signs of spring, Phyllis is able to point out the running brook, west wind, singing birds and lack of shadow. The current prognosticator, elderly Uncle Phil, then appoints Phyllis his successor. Author Susanna Leonard Hill's tale of a can-do critter is wonderfully complemented by Jeffrey Ebbeler's lively acrylic illustrations. 2005, Holiday House, Ages 3 to 7.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Phyllis, a brightly clad groundhog, loves to be outdoors in all types of weather. Her uncle is Punxsutawney Phil, and she dreams of one day taking over his job, even though everyone tells her that she can't because she is a girl. One February morning, she wakes up and sees that the snow is melting, the brook is running, and the air smells sharp--all indicators of an early spring. When her sleepy uncle is reluctant to get out of bed, she volunteers to make his prediction for him. Uncle Phil objects, thinking that one of his sons will take his place when the time comes. Still, he invites her to accompany him outside, where he sniffs the air and forecasts six more weeks of winter. However, Phyllis insists there will be an early spring, pointing out all of the signs. Uncle Phil admits that he is wrong, decides to retire, and turns his job over to his niece even though she's a girl-because rules can be bent once in a while. Details about the origins of Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil are appended. Ebbeler's full-bleed acrylic illustrations show an exuberant Phyllis skipping through a brook, sunbathing, and munching on berries. The woodland landscapes are bright and lush. The burrow scenes are rustic, cozy, and filled with patchwork quilts and comfy furniture. A welcome addition, especially when Groundhog Day is close at hand.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420407
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 136,587
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Go Phyllis!

    You can't help but love this spunky little character. Phyllis is determined to make her own special mark in the community...which she does in her own special way! This is a substantial and engaging read. It's also a valuable life lesson for little girls. In a word...delightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Lovely story

    Wonderful empowering witty story. My three year old loves it.

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