Saturday, February 2, 2013

Picture Book Review: Substitute Groundhog

Substitute Groundhog

Substitute Groundhog
Written by:  Pat Miller
Illustrated by:  Kathi Ember
Published by:  Albert Whitman & Company, 2006

* Happy Groundhog's Day!  Are we expecting six more weeks of winter or an early spring?  I'm totally over winter.....hoping the groundhog didn't see his shadow today! 

I found this book at the library and thought it would be cute to read to the kids.  In this story Groundhog wakes up sick.  He goes to Dr. Owl who tells him that he needs to rest for two days.  But Groundhog Day is the next day so Groundhog puts up an advertisment for a substitute.  Many animals apply but none seem right for the job:  Mole can't see well, Eagle can't fit in Groundhog's hole, Bear gets comfy and falls asleep in the hole.  Eventually, Groundhog finds the perfect substitute in Armadillo, who was visiting from Texas. 

This book is focused more on finding the perfect groundhog substitute, rather than on the holiday (although is Groundhog Day really a holiday?!!).  It did help me to remember that if the groundhog sees his shadow, there's six more weeks of winter (I always get confused as to which is which!).  Overall, this was a cute, holiday read.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up. 

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