After Groundhog announces six more weeks of winter, half his animal friends are disappointed, while the other half are excited. Each animal asks Groundhog to make his prediction in their favor the following year. Rather than being truthful about the fact that he just "calls it like he sees it," he leads them to believe he can control the weather, accepting their gifts of food and favor. On the next Groundhog Day, he finally admits he made promises he couldn't keep because he was trying to please everyone and makes amends.
Matt Faulkner's rich illustrations are packed with hilarious details that will delight readers of all ages. No matter what weather the Groundhog predicts, curling up with this fun book is a great way to spend the winter.
About the Author
Kristen Remenar is a children's librarian, writer, teacher, and national speaker on literacy. She is married to author/illustrator Matt Faulkner. This is her first picture book.
Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Matt Faulkner has illustrated twenty-nine books and written and illustrated seven more since he began his career back in 1985. Matt is married to author and librarian Kristen Remenar.
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"I see my shadow!" Groundhog declared. Half the animals cheered. The other half groaned.
Excerpted from "Groundhog's Dilemma"
Copyright © 2015 Kristen Remenar.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do I really believe that when the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2 it is a determination of whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter? Not quite sure, but it is fun to think about and young readers will have much to think and laugh about in this delightful yarn centering on a perplexed groundhog. The problem is that groundhog likes each one of his forest friends and would like to make all of them happy, but half of them want six more weeks of winter while the other half wants spring. What to do? This dilemma has groundhog losing sleep at night. Plus the animals have decided that they might get what they want if they bribe groundhog, so he is showered with treats, and invitations to baseball games, picnics and bonfires. He is in a real quandary so he tries to make everyone happy which is an impossibility. Youngsters will thoroughly enjoy Faulkner’s vibrant highly detailed paintings and the interactions between the animals. Suggested for ages 3-7.