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Gregory's Shadow by Don Freeman

Gregory's Shadow (2000)

by Don Freeman

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Just before Groundhog's Day, Gregory Groundhog becomes separated from his faithful shadow. The two spend a hard day looking for each other -- and learning about the meaning of friendship
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  TUCC | Jun 21, 2017 |
Gregory is a groundhog and his best friend is his shadow. They go out wondering one day and get separated because Gregory got scared. He was so scared he ran home as fast as he could and slammed his front door shut. So shadow was locked out. Shadow had no idea what to do. He asked scarecrow and tree, but they did not know what he should do either. So, he his in a barn to keep warm. Later Gregory went o find him and he did indeed find him.

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I liked the way this book was written a lot. It was a great way to explain ti kids what groundhogs bdays is. It also could give them a chance to see who their "shadow" is.


1. Use this on groundhog day!
2. make our own shadows outside with chalk. (read book outside)
  kristendickerson | Feb 25, 2014 |
A cute and childish twist on Groundhog's day is presented in this book. Gregory, "loses" his shadow and finds it at the end. but it "hides" behind Gregory so he can't be seen, meaning winter is over. This book not only teaches about groundhog's day, but it also teaches about being brave and being independent. and confiding in someone. ( )
  kloupe1 | Oct 24, 2011 |
Gregory Groundhog loses his shadow. They venture out one day, and another shadow scares Gregory, and he leaves his shadow behind, outside and alone. The shadow wanders around trying to find a place to belong, but he knows the only place he belongs is back with Gregory. Gregory realizes he has lost his shadow, and he goes out to find him. They both learn how to be brave without each other. This is a good book to read on Groundhog's Day to teach children about the wives' tale. ( )
  ckarmstr1 | Sep 21, 2011 |
Gregory Groundhog's best friend was his shadow. They were always together and Gregory felt very brave as long as he had his shadow. One day he lost his shadow but later they found each other again. The big day for groundhogs was February 2nd which is Groundhog Day. The farmers watched for Gregory on this day to see if he saw his shadow which meant six more weeks of winter. The next day Gregory's shadow stayed very close to him and the farmers didn't see his shadow and was happy. This story teaches children about Groundhog's Day and the superstition behind it with the good story about Gregory.
  JDHensley | Apr 9, 2009 |
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Early one morning Gregory Groundhog bundled up before going outside.
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Gregory is a shy groundhog, and having his friend Shadow close by makes him feel brave. But one day Gregory and Shadow go outside to look for food, and they get separated. Scared and lonely, they search and search for one another. To make matters worse, tomorrow is Groundhog Day, and everyone will be waiting to see if Gregory and his shadow leave their home together. Will the two friends find each other in time for Groundhog Day?

"Freeman's adorable, loosely sketched illustrations are colored in a palette of blues for the snowscapes and earth tones for the underground scenes. The simple story line is just right for preschoolers." (Booklist)

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Gregory Groundhog and his shadow desperately look for each other after they become separated from one another just before their annual appearance on Groundhog Day.

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