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I liked seeing all the famous groundhogs in the US and Canada. Novia Scotia even has one, called Shubenacadie Sam. Gardeners and farmers often think groundhogs are pests, because they eat their vegetables, but other people think they're good at tilling the soil when they dig burrows. Even though groundhogs aren't native to every region, people celebrate the day all over the US and Canada. There were even more facts at the end. When a groundhog hibernates, its teeth stop growing and it takes only one breath about every 5 mins. I thought it was sad they only live 3 to 5 years. The hibernating chamber is the deepest one in the burrow.
A groundhog will often plug up the entrance to that chamber to keep out cold air. People say in Punxsutawney say their town is the Weather Capital of the World. About lbs of dirt can be removed by a groundhog digging a very dig burrow. Sometimes they can do all that in one day. Most of the time groundhogs live alone, except when the females are raising their young. On Groundhog Day, people read and listen to the news to see if spring will come early. I was watching the news that morning and didn't see anything on the groundhogs and their shadows, but I was hoping to watch it.
The illustrations were ok, but dated and old-fashioned looking, like an old cartoon show. I noticed instead of the pine trees being drawn, a blob green was painted, and then dark green lines were drawn over it, so it didn't really have the tree formation. This was ok. Nice, informational book on a yearly tradition as well as groundhogs. Would be good for a kid's project. I was going through my library's catalog under this author, and she had written a lot of different holiday books.
I noticed Groundhog Day and saw it was coming up soon so I figured I would read it on that day to celebrate this little holiday. It's crazy that we turn to a groundhog to determine a season. The date Feb 2 was chosen because it's about the middle of winter. Old stories say that if one sees its shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter. And if they don't see their shadow spring will I was going through my library's catalog under this author, and she had written a lot of different holiday books.
And if they don't see their shadow spring will come early. Some ancient people celebrated a spring festival in early February. Many cleaned out their houses to get ready for a new beginning and the spring season. It was interesting that people always thought they could predict when spring came by watching animals. They believed that if a hibernating animal woke up in the beginning of February and saw its shadow that there would be several more weeks of winter.
The illustrations showed people watching a bear, hedgehog, and badger. When these Europeans came to North America, some settled in Pennsylvania.
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They brought their tradition of watching animals to predict spring. They started watching groundhogs because there were a lot in this region and they hibernated. It became a yearly tradition in many places, including Punxsutawney. In Feb 2 was named Groundhog Day. She wrote that the groundhog is always called Punxsutawney Phil but didn't day where the name came from. I assumed someone just made up a P name to have alliteration with the town's name but it was such a miss not to share that and explain the name.
I also wondered why the site was named Gobbler's Knob. I learned that the groundhog is kept in a burrow under a fake stump, and that he's taken out at exactly am. They make it look like Phil is whispering to them and I thought that was taking it too far! I liked that it pointed out that sometimes he's wrong, that way kids understand that this isn't fact, but I would have liked for her to specify that it's not the groundhog who is wrong.
He hasn't done anything! It's not like he told us anything; the people are the ones who made this custom up, so I didn't like that the blame is on the animal. It was neat that she included facts about groundhogs, their size and weight and what they eat and that they're also called woodchucks. She also explained that they have long teeth like other rodents so they constantly have to be chewing to wear them down. I particularly liked learning about their burrows. An illustration showed what the inside of one looks like and explained they can be up to 6 feet deep and 30 feet long.
I was surprised that they live alone. They have a toilet, hibernating, nesting, food storage, and sleeping chamber. They stay close to home since they're prey animals, near one of the entrances to their burrow.
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They stand up and eat and watch for danger when outside. It reminded me of a prairie dog. They make sharp, high-pitched whistled when danger is near to warn others. They eat a lot in the summer to put on fat for when they hibernate in the fall through the winter. I like that she explained that their fat gives them nourishment to keep them alive, and their body temp and heart rate lowers to save energy.
It was a bit awkward when it mentioned that in some regions males look for females in February and they mate, and the females give birth 30 days later. The babies are called kits or cubs and they're born blind. At 1 month they open their eyes and crawl. I was shocked that they leave their moms and make their own burrows at 2 months old.
That's so young. I didn't relate to the school celebration of kids drawing groundhogs, having snacks, and playing games like Shadow Tag. I've never heard of that and have no idea what that is, and the author didn't even explain it! I liked that she shared other famous groundhogs and where they were at on the map.
Chuck Wood in L. Unadulla Bill in Nebraska. Jimmy in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Dunkirk Dave in New York. General Lee in Atlanta, Georgia. That's so cute! How cool! Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia. Wiarton Willie in Ontario. Balzac Billie in Alberta. She shared that they're considered pests by some because they eat vegetables. Others admire their digging skills. It's cool that even though groundhogs don't live in every region in America and Canada, it's celebrated throughout the whole countries.
It ended suddenly and I wish there had been more of a wrap-up about the holiday. But I'm glad it ended with the holiday because there for a while it was all about groundhogs and had left the holiday behind. I liked the facts on groundhogs at the end. When they hibernate, their teeth don't grow and they only breath once about every five minutes. The hibernating chamber is the deepest one in the burrow and they often plug up the entrance to it to keep out the cold air.
They dig about lbs of dirt to make a burrow and they can do this in one day! People in Punxsutawney say it's the Weather Capital of the World. I didn't like the illustrations at all. They were very old-fashioned, like drawings, had that outdated, old-timey style.
But I did like the images showing the old customs. There were people wearing long dresses and robes with hoods, holding hands dancing around a fire. And a woman sweeping out her room, and a group of people holding candles and walking outside. I'm glad I read this. It was informative not only about the origins of the holiday but about groundhogs and their habits. I enjoy learning and this was a nice way to celebrate a holiday that I don't do anything else for. Feb 09, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: childrens-picture-books.
I debated between two and three stars on this one and decided to go with three simply because there really aren't many picture books out there on Groundhog Day and if you're in a pinch for something to read to kids, this will do nicely. It's just very boring and factual--the illustrations are cute enough but it's just not really very FUN or interesting to read It is a cursory history about this unusual holiday.
Today 2 February is Groundhog Day and I thought that this book would be apropos to read today. The text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. It has the history of Groundhog Day and how this particular rodent became the predictor of upcoming season. It also has interesting facts about the groundhog and other various famous groundhogs besides Groundhog Day!
It also has interesting facts about the groundhog and other various famous groundhogs besides Punxsutawney Phil. The illustrations are drawn and depicted rather well. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It chronicles the history of Groundhog Day from its beginnings in England as it is brought over to the New World and flourished there. It is interesting how the humble groundhog became the predictor of upcoming spring or six more weeks of winter. It is, however, too informative and not heavy enough on the narrative.
All in all, Groundhog Day! Oct 03, Jasmine Stocker rated it it was amazing Shelves: traditional-literature. This is a very informational traditional literature book about Groundhogs and the tradition of Groundhog Day. I liked how they explained the reality of Groundhog Day and then gave more information about groundhogs and why they hibernate. It would be a good informational read around this celebrated holiday followed by watching Phil to see if he does or doesn't see his shadow.
Good resource for Groundhog Day. Colorful illustrations and additional information at the end. I think kids will enjoy it. I was glad to see other famous groundhogs listed and a map to match.
Highly recommended for Grades Jan 07, Ann rated it liked it Shelves: pic-books-nonfiction , pic-books-animals , pic-books-groundhogs. Non fiction book about history of groundhog day and also facts about groundhogs. Jul 04, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: pb. Engaging and interesting NF book on Groundhog Day including European origins of the holiday and interesting facts about groundhogs. Love the artwork. Mar 14, Jodi rated it liked it Shelves: physical-geography , nature.
Pretty simple, but a good introduction for littles, perhaps. Jan 28, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens , fiction , picture. Using with adult esl class. I like the illustrations.
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Good information and history of groundhogs, and their holiday. Feb 01, Steve Holden rated it liked it. I pulled out a number of new books out of my collection and on our featured shelf as we began February today. The young students love to talk and ask about Groundhog Day, so I feel compelled to feature a few. I'll read one aloud tomorrow. This one was out for them to peruse if they had time and chose today, among others. Gail Gibbons has provided a number of themed books for p I pulled out a number of new books out of my collection and on our featured shelf as we began February today.
Gail Gibbons has provided a number of themed books for primary teachers. They all have a similar look and feel. They're nice to have access to when in need of a theme. They're not going to wow students and demand attention from all, but I like having them around.
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Mar 25, Kristi Maurer rated it really liked it. I thought this was a well-written and organized book. It is full of history and traditions, as well as, scientific facts.
The beginning tells of the origins of Groundhog Day. The end of the book gives descriptions of groundhogs. The beginning is mostly watercolor, however, the end has photographs. This book would be a great addition to a classroom library. It contains a very simple table of contents which could be used to teach children about book organization and how to find the information for I thought this was a well-written and organized book. It contains a very simple table of contents which could be used to teach children about book organization and how to find the information for which you are looking.
There is also a page of questions.
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By using the questions, this book would be helpful in teaching students how to find information in a text. And, of course, it would be a great book to use when teaching about small mammals. However, the illustrations while not my favorite are colorful, fun, and informative. The material is presented in an interesting way, especially if children already have interest in the subject, and I learned quite a bit about groundhogs and the tradition of Groundhog Day, so I enjoyed this book.
Dec 03, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: litbooks. This book teaches the reader about the origin of the holiday. Where did it come from and why we use a groundhog. The reader also learns about the groundhog. What they eat, where thy live and what their nests look like are all answered with in this book. What a great way to teach young readers about a holiday many look forward too.
A mini lesson on what Groundhogs day is could be accompanied by this book. The students k-3rd Groundhogs day is a day that everyone celebrate all around the country. The students could pull out the three main ideas behind the holiday. Feb 06, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: childrens-storytime-review , nonfiction , groundhog-day. The book Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons explains the history and factual information geared towards a younger audience providing information such as cultural ceremonies and animal observation practices.
The evolution of Groundhog Day is explained very well. We enjoyed watercolor illustration which flowed very well with the concept. The story time audience and myself enjoyed reading about the groundhog animal which is provided at the second half of the book. The children enjoyed observing what the The book Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons explains the history and factual information geared towards a younger audience providing information such as cultural ceremonies and animal observation practices. The children enjoyed observing what their underground homes looked like.
Feb 04, Irina rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , picture-books. I liked this book because it gave information about groundhogs and about groundhog day. My students really enjoyed me reading this book to them on Groundhog Day. Explore themes of peace and conflict resolution. As 4 and 5 year old children get ready for Kindergarten, enjoy these books as they perfect their pre-literacy skills. The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author s and illustrator s of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
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