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Groundhog Stays Up Late Paperback – December 26, 2007
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PreSchool-Grade 2–Who wants to spend all winter sleeping? Groundhog would rather spend his autumn days playing with the other woodland animals than preparing for winter. While his disapproving friends retreat to their warm and cozy burrows, he remains awake. Once the snow begins to fly, he plays in it alone, building snowmen and forts, but soon becomes hungry and cold. In early January during a brief thaw, the mischievous animal tricks the other forest inhabitants into believing that spring has arrived early and they celebrate with a wonderful feast. When his disgruntled companions discover the ruse, they resolve to get back at him, and, because of their trickery, he ends up sleeping through spring. The following winter, an unrepentant Groundhog stays up late once again. Crisp gouache paintings show the cuddly animals standing upright, and the energetic woodchuck proudly sports a red scarf and mittens. The colors and textures of the changing seasons are beautifully portrayed.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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PreS-Gr. 2. Groundhog prefers playing with his forest friends to preparing for winter, and despite warnings from Bear and Badger he doesn't bother to collect food or locate a shelter. He finds the first snow exhilarating, but building snow forts and throwing snowballs isn't much fun all by himself. Finally, desperate for food, he resorts to a fake declaration of spring, which brings out everyone for a party. A sudden snowstorm unmasks his trick, so the other animals plan a trick of their own--a painted shadow that fools Groundhog on February 2. Cassels' brightly colored gouache illustrations capture Groundhog's exuberance and the details of his cozy forest home. Children who like to test limits will identify with Groundhog's attempts to bend the rules to suit his purposes and be glad that despite the consequences of his actions, Groundhog's spirit is never broken. Pull this out for Groundhog Day story hours. Kay Weisman
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Top customer reviews
It is so rare to find children's books about Groundhog Day, so I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon Margery Cuyler's GROUNDHOG STAYS UP LATE. Groundhog is an adorable character who never learns his lesson, while his friends are little tricksters themselves, who love to take part in a good joke every now and then. The delightful story, accompanied by Jean Cassels gorgeous illustrations, will leave young readers enthralled with the story for hours, and parents may find it a challenge to pry it out of their little hands. A delightful story!
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
This mildly amusing story is accompanied by realistic and playful illustrations. Seasonal banners that extend across some double-pages add to young reader interest and keep the storyline moving. See Judy Cox's "Go to Sleep, Groundhog," for a similar but different treatment.