April Fool, Phyllis!

April Fool, Phyllis!



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823422708
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Susanna Leonard Hill is the creator of Punxsutawney Phyllis, which Booklist called "charming" and which School Library Journal referred to as "exuberant." She lives in New York.

Jeffrey Ebbeler has worked as an art director, book designer, and illustrator. School Library Journal called his illustrations for Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill "exuberant . . . rustic [and] cozy," and Booklist claimed his artwork was "the main attraction." He lives with his family in Chicago, where he also plays the trumpet and drums in local bands.

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April Fool, Phyllis! 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Phyllis the groundhog wakes up on April first, the day of the planned treasure hunt, feeling funny in her stomach; Phyllis knows winter is not over and that it is going to snow. She is right, but no one listens to her. Her friends pretend snow is falling, but then say, ¿April Fool!¿ Phyllis and her friends go on the treasure hunt, staying warm as snow begins to fall, following mysterious clues that lead them finally to the treasure.A clever combination of stories about April Fool¿s Day and Groundhog Day, with a bit of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and a treasure hunt thrown in.¿A few minutes later Pete yelled down from the mouth of the burrow, `Phyllis really was right! It¿s snowing!¿Everyone rushed up the tunnel. Sure enough, a curtain of fat white flakes drifted across the opening.`Oh, my!¿ exclaimed Aunt Sassy.`April Fool!¿ shouted Pete. `It¿s only confetti!¿¿
CreatingCuriousKids More than 1 year ago
Honestly, there aren't that many April Fools Day books on the market, and with small children at home, I like to celebrate each new holiday and season with a themed book. Beyond its theme, there are several elements to recommend this book. First, its discussion of weather and natural cycles can inspire lessons about how to predict weather, signs of spring and winter and the like. Second, children actually participate in the Spring Treasure Hunt along with Phyllis and her cousins. My three and five-year-old love puzzles and mysteries, and they enjoyed shouting out their guesses to each new clue. Finally, Hill includes a historical note in the back of the book detailing the origins of April Fools Day. As with the best children's books, I learned something new. I had no idea that April 1st originally was considered New Year's Day under the Julian calendar. When the Gregorian calendar took root beginning in 1582, New Year's Day became January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate April 1st as the first day of the new year were considered the original fools. For teachers, homeschoolers and interested parents, ¿Hill includes classroom guides for kindergarten, first and second grade on her Web site. These guides align with many state standards for several subjects. Just for fun, Hill also has a Phyllis paper doll dress up page and a maze worksheet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: Punxsutawney Phyllis knew everything about the weather and when she woke up on April First, the day of spring she knew winter wasn't over yet and that a blizzard is brewing. She needed to let the others know so that the treasure hunt has to be canceled. But will they believe her since its April Fools' Day and would Phyllis find a way to save April Fools' Day from disaster? Someone is always playing the April Fool game but the lesson in this book shows that even though it's April Fools' Day we should take time to pay attention to the issues or situation just in case it has nothing to do with April Fools' Day. The author also gives a brief history of April Fools' Day at the end of the story. Illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler added more fun to the story. I recommend this book for the home and classroom reading. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
author7 More than 1 year ago
Phyllis is back, and my family is celebrating the chance to read another of her adventures. April Fool, Phyllis! is filled with fun--a treasure hunt, April Fool trickery, maple sugaring, and plenty of snow. Join Phyllis for this rollicking romp, which you and your children will relish equally.
jess71JB More than 1 year ago
We always love reading books by Susanna Hill. Pick one up today The kids and parents truly enjoy reading her books. She has a great style.
Eileen-Charbonneau More than 1 year ago
I love giving this author's books to young friends of all ages--and APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS has already become a favorite of children and parents alike. A treasure hunt with riddles to solve in this cozy world, along with new knowledge of this fun day... What could be better? Wonderful illustrations that make this book a work of art, that's what!
jillvalentine23 More than 1 year ago
There aren't a whole lot of picture books about April Fools Day, so this is a great one to add to your collection. Not only is it a perfect April Fools read-aloud, it will be fun all year because there's so much more to the story. Like-able characters, appealing art, a treasure hunt - it just gets better and better. A story both boys and girls will love, and a must-have!
Author14 More than 1 year ago
This story has it all: an engaging main character (if you've read Punxsutawney Phyllis, you've met her before!) and her band of fun-loving cousins, a treasure hunt with riddles to solve, April Fools jokes, maple syrup, a blizzard, and more. My kids have asked for it over and over. The last page of the book includes information on the origin of April Fools Day and how it's celebrated in countries around the world. The author's website has fun activity pages, and if you happen to be a teacher, terrific classroom guides (which include content standards) for grades K, 1 and 2. Highly recommended!