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Kindergarten-Grade 4—A look at some fascinating facts about this red-letter day, presented in Gibbons's signature style. Readers will learn about the traditions that led to the big celebration now held each year on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA. The author includes tidbits about the groundhog's diet, habitat, burrows, newborns/kits and looks at past cultures that depended on hibernating animals to help them determine the arrival of spring. Today's "belief" that there will be six more weeks of winter if a groundhog sees his shadow is explained in terms that are perfect for children's level of understanding. Pair this informative and entertaining title with one of the many fictional picture books available on this subject for a fun and fact-filled lesson.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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When you come right down to it, Groundhog Day isn't much of a holiday, so it's no surprise that this book needed a little more than just history and customs to make it viable. Gibbons presents the basics, but she also offers information on groundhogs to bolster the text. The book begins with several pictures of a groundhog peeking out of its burrow as text explains shadows and the old adage about six more weeks of winter. There's also a substantial piece about how, in times past, hibernating animals were watched for clues about the weather. Less successful is vaguely worded information; for example, this description of spring festivals: "about 1,500 years ago, people in Europe began lighting candles in the early spring for a new religious celebration." Gibbons' familiar artwork extends the text, especially in a two-page spread that offers an underground view of a groundhog's multichamber burrow. A brief look at how the holiday is celebrated and a page of additional facts conclude the book. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (July 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421169
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a nicely illustrated and informational book. It of course covers Groundhog day on Feb 2, but also covers information about the groundhog, or whistlepig as he is called in much of Pennsylvania.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. S. P. on April 27, 2009
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Exellent book about Groundhog Day. Children enjoy this book about tradions and customs very much. Every classroom needs this book.Gail Gibbons is a great author, children and adults love her books and
the art work. G.S.P.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2013
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Gail Gibbons' book gives the reader some history about Groundhog Day and about how and why it is still celebrated. It's mostly a fun day; the groundhog's "prediction" is not necessarily taken seriously by most people.

With a resident groundhog on our property I enjoyed learning some groundhog facts and seeing an illustration of the groundhog's large and elaborate tunnel with its task specific chambers. The graphics are not photo-realistic, but colorful and enjoyable.

A note to parents and teachers - only the most precocious of six-year-olds would be able to read this book. Third grade students with good reading skills might be able to read this book independently with only a minimum bit of help.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Capuder on February 10, 2007
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A bit wordy for three year-olds but very informative with great illustrations. I definitely recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 6, 2007
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This reissue of a popular holiday title is perfect for celebrating Goundhog Day so if you missed adding it to your collection, here's another chance. Libraries strong in holiday books for grades 2-4 will find GROUNDHOG DAY a fine blend of visual drawings and history surveying the day's origins and facts about the groundhog. A wonderful choice highly recommended for any collection strong in holiday titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb K. on February 19, 2015
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Great book! I bought this for our 4 year old grandson on Groundhog's Day. The illustrations as well as the information really intrigued him. This book is one to enjoy for the facts it presents to kids. Very happy with the purchase. I was encouraged to get it by a first grade teacher who read it to her class.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiffiny Suter on March 21, 2009
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I bought this one for my preschool son. It's a short story, which is good for short attention spans, but relevant for older children as well. This one is a keeper.
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By Mary P. Edwards on March 31, 2014
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This was for the second grade classroom library. It was a good book just not one of the kids most favorite. But we all like variety and it is nice to have a choice.
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