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Go to Sleep, Groundhog Library Binding – February 1, 2004
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PreSchool-Grade 2--At last, Groundhog Day finally has an irresistible story to call its own. Groundhog goes to sleep on Columbus Day as usual, setting his alarm clock for February 2, but he keeps tossing and turning. He checks the clock and gets up at half-past October, half-past November, and then half-past December. Each time, he sees the trappings of holidays that he had always slept through before. Halloween Witch, Turkey, and Santa each take a turn tucking him back into bed, reading him a seasonal story, and giving him a holiday treat. Naturally, when February 2 rolls around, Groundhog is finally sound asleep, but he wakes up long enough to go up to the surface and see his shadow. An afterword describes the development of the Groundhog Day superstition. The text flows smoothly, and Cox makes effective use of repetition. Meisel's vibrant acrylic-and-gouache illustrations will help make this a favorite in storytimes.--Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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PreS-Gr. 1. It's hibernation time, and Groundhog isn't a bit sleepy. But when he ventures outside between bouts of tossing and turning, seasonal sights and sounds reveal he's been dozing more than he thinks. Children will giggle at Groundhog's distorted perceptions and his naivete about the major cool-weather holidays. Those who can't tell time, however, will need guidance from adults to fully comprehend the cleverness of an alarm clock with hands pointing to months rather than hours. Meisel's Groundhog is a dear little character, especially when he's being tucked in by holiday emissaries (a friendly witch, a turkey, and Santa), who try to lull him back to sleep. It all comes to a satisfying close when Groundhog sees his shadow on February 2 and gratefully climbs back into bed for six more weeks. An endnote discussing the tradition of using critters as meteorologists makes this a useful as well as a charming answer to the scarcity of engaging material on Groundhog Day. Jennifer Mattson
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