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Groundhog Day! Paperback – July 30, 2007

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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 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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A bit wordy for three year-olds but very informative with great illustrations. I definitely recommend it.
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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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This is a perfect book for elementary students learning about the origins and customs of Ground Hog Day. I bought it for a first grade class and they adored it. Gail Gibbons is always so informative!
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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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Worst Groundhog Book Ever! I didn't read it first, I didn't think I needed to as it was intended for ages 6 and up. As my 9 year old was reading to me we found out it tells the whole truth of Groundhog Day! I wasn't expecting that. Here are a few quotes from the book..

"Phil is kept in a burrow under a fake tree stump."

"The Officials make it look as if Phil whispers to one of them whether or not he has seen his shadow. It's all pretend."

Yes, I know these are true facts but do they have to be told in a children's book? I must admit it has nice illustrations and some really great facts but it lost it's appeal to me after my 9 year old was reading and stopped to ask, "it's fake???"
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