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Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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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