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Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons
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Groundhog Day!

by Gail Gibbons

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Groundhog Day! is the telling of how Groundhog Day started and the traditions it entails. This book tells the story of how people thought they could predict when spring would come by watching animals, especially Groundhogs. In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Clymer Freas published in the newspaper that February 2nd would be named Groundhog Day. The tradition on February 2nd is to watch the Groundhog at 7:25 a.m. come out of his burrow to see if a shadow appears or not. If there is no shadow then that means that spring will come early that year, but if there is a shadow, then that means that winter will be longer than expected. At the end of the book it shares information about what type of animal a Groundhog is, where it lives, what it eats, and so much more! ( )
  katrinavenezio | Feb 28, 2017 |
The message shows the significance of GroundHog Day and how spring is determined to arrive. It will explain in detail all about Groundhog Day. The book can be used in Kindergarten through third grade for informational reasoning on holidays of the year.
  biancagrhm | Apr 29, 2015 |
In my opinion, this is a great book to inform elementary children about Groundhog Day. One reason I enjoyed this book is because of the author’s writing. I liked how on the second page, the author asks the reader, “When will spring begin?” Asking the reader questions is a good way to keep them engaged. This book is very informative yet still intriguing and interesting. The last page is titled, “Digging up Groundhog Facts” and there are several pictures with captions that explain facts about the pictures. I thought the title of the page was clever, and I liked how the facts had pictures to go along with them, so readers can visualize the information. I also liked the illustrations in this book. The illustrator used bright primary colors, and a significant amount of detail. Many of the pictures are labeled as well. Animals are labeled, bear, hedgehog, badger, etc. and I like that the illustrator/author didn't only include groundhogs in the story and illustrations. I also really liked the diagram of the different chambers groundhogs dig underground to live in. The diagram is large, covering two pages in the book, and each chamber is labeled clearly. The big idea of this book is to inform readers about Groundhog Day. ( )
  eobend1 | Nov 18, 2014 |
SUMMARY: This book details the history of Groundhog Day and how it came to be.

REVIEW: The formatting of this book is easy to follow. The illustrations are colorful and enjoyable, and there is never too much information on one page. As well as describing how Groundhog Day became an official American tradition, the book also contains some interesting pages about specific details not pertaining to the holiday itself, such as a section entitles "Where Groundhogs Live." I believe that children will enjoy reading this book and learning about this interesting holiday. ( )
  amay3 | Oct 11, 2014 |
I liked the book "Groundhog Day" and I believe it would fit well into classrooms the week before Groundhog Day. First, Groundhog Day is spoken about and celebrated in many elementary schools. This book would allow students to gain knowledge on what happens on the specific day and what a groundhog is. "A groundhog is a furry rodent. It is a mammal that can weigh between 5 and 10 pounds." This allows students to visualize exactly what a groundhog looks and feels like. Secondly, along with description, the illustrations enhance the students understanding of what a groundhog is. Teachers are able to use this book to encourage students to make their own predictions about the upcoming Groundhog Day. The big idea of the nonfiction book "Groundhog Day" is that it gives information about groundhogs and the day dedicated to them. ( )
  rschin1 | Feb 26, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823421163, Paperback)

Every February 2, people all across the country wonder about the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Will he see his shadow on that day or won't he? Will spring come early or late? Here is information about Groundhog Day, its origins, and the animal at the center of this delightful annual event.

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Learn about groundhogs and their special day.

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