GroundHog Day, Valentines Day

Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace

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Back of Book:
Moose is having a Valentine’s Day party, and all his friends are so excited! Everyone except Groundhog, that is. If Groundhog sees his shadow outside, he’ll hide in his hole for six more weeks and miss the party!

Determined to help their friend join them, Moose, Squirrel, Bunny, and Porcupine put their heads together and come up with a plan. But will it be enough to get Groundhog out to play?
My Review:
I love that Groundhug Day combines Groundhog and Valentines Day into one book. The story is enduring and follows a group of friends as they work together to ensure that Groundhog does not feel left out of the Valentines party. The story also does a beautiful job of showing readers how they can overcome their fears. Each of Groundhogs friends comes up with a different way to show him that shadows are nothing to fear. The illustrations are a blend of bright colors and darker landscapes. The contrast creates a beautiful story. This is a perfect book for Groundhog Day or Valentines Day.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages

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GroundHog Day

Wake Up, Groundhog! Susanna Leonard Hill

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Back of Book:
Phyllis is not like other groundhogs. She loves to splash in the cold river in springtime, roast in the summer sun, tromp through the winter snow. Every kind of weather makes her happy. This year on February 2, she is excited because she can feel that an early spring is in the air. But how will she get Uncle Phil out of bed to make his official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day prediction?
My Review:
I love that this story focuses on a female Groundhog. Phyllis is different than the other Groundhogs, but she believes all the differences make her special. She decides that when she grows up she wants to be Punxsutawney Pill. All the grownups think she is silly, but Phyllis is sure. Finally, Phyllis gets a chance to prove that she is ready. I love the tenacity of Phyllis. She is strong and sure of herself. No matter what anyone says she is willing to prove that she can be the next Groundhog. The illustrations in this story are fun and engaging. The story is written with a great deal of humor and is sure to make readers laugh out loud. This is a fantastic picture book to add to any Groundhog reading list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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GroundHog Day

Groundhog’s Dilemma by Kristen Remenar

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Back of Book:
February 2 dawns and Groundhog see his shadow. Six more weeks of winter! Half his friends cheer. The other half groan. Groundhog wants to please everyone, but it seems impossible. Besides, Groundhog doesn’t control the weather- he just predicts it. That’s not how his friends see it, though, and Groundhog finds himself the recipient of food and favors as bribes to secure next years result. What a mess for poor Groundhog! How can he avoid upsetting half his friends?
My Review:
I love that Kristen Remenar took a simple holiday and created a terrific story about the true meaning of friendship. Groundhog tries hard to please everyone. Still, no matter what he says someone is upset. Before he knows it, the animals are bringing him food to bribe him to make a different decision next year. Groundhog feels overwhelmed restless. He realizes that his friends should not like if he does only what they want. He talks to his friends and they come to a realization that friendship is not about what you get, but about what you give. I love the way the text is written in this book. It is a mixture of regular text and word bubbles. This keeps readers attention on what is happening in the story. Matt Faulkner is a fantastic illustrator who brings a lot of humor to his drawings. I think my favorite illustration is of the moon wearing earmuffs. I am very excited to share this book with my students this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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GroundHog Day

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller

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Back of Book:
Too sick to perform his job, Groundhog interviews other animals to come out of his hole on Groundhog Day.
My Review:
This is a truly an adorable story about what happens when Groundhog gets the flu and cannot come out to show his shadow. He decides to advertise for a substitute to go outside. The problem is that no animal is able to do it correctly. Until finally a random animal called an Armadillo from Texas saves the day! This is a perfect read aloud for Groundhog Day. The illustrations are soft and light. The text is simple and good for beginning readers.  Great for preschool and Kindergarten ages.  I highly recommend this book!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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GroundHog Day, Uncategorized

Groundhog Weather School: Fun Facts About Weather and Groundhogs Joan Holub

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Back of Book:

Ever wonder where Groundhog Day first began? Want to know the reason why we have different weather seasons? Curious about how some plants and animals can help predict the weather? Learn the answers to these questions and many more at Groundhog Weather School!
My Review: Groundhog Day is often overlooked holiday. It celebrates the coming of spring in a most unusual way. As a teacher, I found that my students love to celebrate Groundhog Day. Last year I read several fun picture books to teach my students about the holiday. Groundhog Weather School is a fun story that teaches several groundhogs all the requirements needed to predict the weather. Readers learn different information on each page of the story. One page is dedicated to famous groundhogs, another page talks about building a burrow. I loved that this story was not only a fun read aloud, but also gave readers knowledge about Groundhogs.
Ages 6 and
32 Pages

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