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Children's LiteratureSometimes 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.