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Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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PreS-Gr 2-When Brownie wakes up on the second of February, she opens her door, looks out, and scoffs, "Phooey, six more weeks of winter." She does not like waiting. Before she can go back inside, a fox pounces on her, eager for breakfast. But clever Brownie finds a way to keep him busy through lunch and then dinner, spending their time looking for spring. After some skating, they've both worked up an appetite and the fox is tired of waiting, too. By tricking Fox, Brownie's life is spared and a new friendship begins, just as the first sign of spring arrives. Segovia's acrylic and ink artwork captures the clear sky of winter and accentuates the white/gray of a heavy snowfall. Brownie's black/brown fur is set off with a bright red scarf as an equally vibrant Fox stands out against a chilly landscape. The theme of outfoxing a fox is a familiar one, but this story is particularly endearing. Children will find it delightful.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In a tale written about a rodent created by the illustrator, a groundhog is irritated that she has just seen her shadow and fends off a hungry but rather weak-willed fox by insisting that it’s not mealtime yet. After wandering over a snowy landscape, skating on an icy pond, and sitting down to a picnic of cocoa and cinnamon toast, the two spot a robin and, heartened by this harbinger, part ways with promises to meet the next day. Placing her two figures (who are depicted nearly the same size) in a spacious, open woodland setting, Segovia gives the episode a cozy air and endows February Fox with particularly expressive ears and Brownie with a long red scarf and a picnic basket full of goodies. Fox’s focus on eating notwithstanding, this is not so much a tale of suspense and trickery as a tongue-in-cheek encounter between two unlikely new friends who discover a shared impatience for spring. Winter-weary children will sympathize—probably enough to forgive Brownie’s credulity-stretching survival. Grades 1-3. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140274336X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402743368
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brownie was snuggled under the covers of her bed, but it was February second and like all good groundhogs, it was time to get up and check out the weather. She put on her scarf and "shimmied up the passageway of her cozy den," but the snows were still blocking it in. There were a few tufts of last season's grasses sticking up through the snow and when Brownie saw her loooong shadow she glared and "stomped her foot." That only meant one thing ... there was going to be more winter ahead. A fox heard her and his eyes widened. Brownie looked like the perfect lunch for him. Before you know it, he'd knocked poor Brownie and her little red lunch basket into the snow.

The fox said to Brownie, "Hold still, I'm trying to eat you for breakfast." Not if she had anything to do with it. Brownie promptly told that shifty old fox that he was "too late for breakfast" and he'd simply have to wait. While they were waiting they ambled along beside each other looking for signs of spring. There weren't any "tweets and twitters" nor "shoots and sprigs." Brownie touched her toes to the pond only to feel solid ice. Soon the fox was ready for lunch and declared, "I feel appetitey," after Brownie said he hadn't worked up one. She promptly set him to clearing off the pond. Would she be able to delay him long enough to escape his clutches? When fox worked up an appetite was Brownie going to be a tasty morsel?

This is an adorable modern fairy tale about Brownie the Groundhog and a shifty old fox. Every reader from young to old will take great delight in this sprightly tale of friendship between two unlikely pals. The touch of humor will delight the youngest readers and bring a smile to their faces.
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What an adorable book! It came just in time as Groundhog Day is next week. But this book doesn't talk about Groundhog day, though it talks about finding Spring. So although it's a Groundhog Day book it really is appropriate for all winter.
I thought it was a cute book the second I saw it even though it's not bright in colors. There's snow through the entire thing so that makes for a lot of white, but the illustrator fills the pages. It's not just a little portion of the page with the illustrations. I love it when they are full pages of illustrations and it takes your eyes over the full pages, looking for little things like maybe a bird in a tree, or a leaf starting to grow.
My kids loved this book, and that's what's important right? I read it to my one year old who has zero attention span but he actually stopped playing to look up and see the book. When my daughter got home and heard there was a new book she spun circles, she was so excited! But when she saw it she was even more excited. We haven't had much snow at all this year so that has made her even more obsessed with it. She was enthralled with the story from the beginning and didn't interrupt me at all. When I finished the kids sat down and looked at the pictures without me but when they finished they asked me to read it again!
The book was fun to read though it wasn't rhyming or anything. It was just a fun story with Brownie Groundhog tricking the fox over and over again and in the end them becoming friends.
It was a middle length story. It didn't take long to read but wasn't too short. It was just perfect, I'd say!
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It's February, it's been winter for a long time, and everyone is starting to feel a little bit stir crazy. Enter the infamous groundhog, checking for its shadow to determine when spring is going to arrive. In Brownie the Groundhog and the February Fox, Brownie is the groundhog in question, who sadly discovers that she can indeed see her shadow. Spring is another six weeks away.

Undaunted, this groundhog breaks from the mold and strikes out on her own to explore the winter landscape in search of any budding signs of spring. She doesn't find any, but she DOES find a hungry, February fox. Relying on her wits to convince the fox to delay devouring her, she eventually finds a sign of spring and strikes up an unusual friendship with her new acquaintance.

Brownie is a charming little creature who shares just how hard it is to wait for spring. Whew. We live in central Alberta, Canada and can certainly relate. This delightful tale is engaging enough to draw children in even outside of the month of February. Hopefully, it will provide some respite from cabin-fever as it has done for my own young ones.
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Though Brownie wakes up grumpy at finding her shadow, she soon as a bigger problem -- Fox would like to eat her for breakfast. I love how Brownie uses her wits to keep from becoming breakfast, then lunch, then dinner.... In the process of avoiding being eaten, Brownie and Fox have all sorts of winter adventures and plenty of fun. Brownie responds empathetically -- but self protectively -- to Fox's growing hunger. In the end, Brownie takes a risk out of empathy for the (now trapped) Fox. Friendship prevails. Great pro social messages about sharing, overcoming our apparent differences, protecting ourselves appropriately from potential harm, and taking a risk to help others, all wrapped up in a funny story with lovely illustrations. What's not to like??

The only down side is I like it more than my 2.5 year old, who only occasionally picks it. She may not be old enough to appreciate the humor of Brownie's verbal strategies to outfox the fox.... I will hang on to this one and hope to read Brownie more as my daughter gets older.
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