Will he see his shadow? Will spring come early or late? But most importantly what does a groundhog have to do with the weather?
Every year on February 2nd, people all across America watch groundhogs come out of their burrows especially in the town of Punxsutawney trying to figure out if the weather will stay cold, or begin to warm up.
In Groundhog Day!, children's nonfiction master Gail Gibbons delves into the history behind this unusual holiday, and examines the ancient traditions that evolved into our modern holiday.
With her signature combination of simple, clear text and bright illustrations, Gibbons introduces everything you need to know about groundhogs, too what they eat, where they live, and how they raise their young.
An overview of different Groundhog Day traditions around the country is included, as well as a page of groundhog trivia. A perfect introduction to this unique celebration!
About the Author
According to The Washington Post, Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." The multi award-winning Ms. Gibbons is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including the bestselling titles From Seed to Plant and Monarch Butterfly. Her many honors include the Regina Medal, the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Groundhog Day provides a fun and factual read-aloud that is entertaining for all primary grades. My second graders loved it! They especially enjoyed learning about groundhog babies, how they are born, and how groundhogs live underground in tunnels. This book is an excellent resource for teachers.
This book tells all about the history of Groundhog Day. It has really good pictures and would be great for a lesson on or around Groundhog Day. It would be better for older children as younger ones might find it boring.
Gail Gibbons delivers what she does best...giving us the facts. This book is colorful and fun explaining this unusual mid-winter holiday. SPOILER ALERT: Gibbons does explain that, "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." However if you want to build the myth there are plenty of fiction stories to read. The parts I found most interesting were the detailed illustrations of the groundhog chambers and a map showing were other famous groundhogs live. The facts about groundhogs are interesting and this book provides a great way to mix scientific facts about groundhogs while learning the tradition of this prophetic holiday.