Storytime: Groundhog Day

On Thursday, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and declared six more weeks of winter. It’s been such a mild winter here that I’m not sure it makes any difference ūüôā When talking to the kids in storytime, it always amazes me how many have never seen snow up close and in person!

 

Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler &  illustrated by Jean Cassels
Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler & illustrated by Jean Cassels

Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler &  illustrated by Jean Cassels

Stubborn Groundhog simply can’t wait until February 2 to wake all his friends up! Groundhog loves to run and play. When winter comes, Groundhog does not want to hibernate. His friends warn that he’ll be hungry and cold and lonely, but he just won’t listen. Yet he soon discovers his friends were right. Then he has a brilliant idea! He’ll have an EARLY spring! All his friends will wake up, and they can all have fun together again. But his friends aren’t too happy when they find out Groundhog has played a trick on them.

 

Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Phyllis is not like other groundhogs. She likes to splash in the cold river in spring, bake in the hot sun in the summer, and play in the snow in winter. This year spring is coming early and Phyllis can feel it! But she can’t convice her Uncle Phil to get out of bed to make his prediction on Groundhog Day. When Uncle Phil realizes he has missed all the signs of an early spring, he knows it’s time to retire and pass on the title of Punxsutawney Phil. Only this time it’s Punxsutawney Phyllis!

 

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby & illustrated by Carmen Segovia

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby & illustrated by Carmen Segovia

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby & illustrated by Carmen Segovia

Happy Groundhog Day! But when Brownie steps outside, there’s not even the slightest sign of spring-just her shadow, a frosty field, and a hungry fox who wants to munch her for lunch. Determined not to become a meal, Brownie finds a clever and tasty way to melt the ice and turn Fox into a friend…and make the wait for winter’s end a little warmer.¬†

 

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller & illustrated by Kathi Ember

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller & illustrated by Kathi Ember

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller & illustrated by Kathi Ember

It’s almost Groundhog Day! Everyone knows that Groundhog has an important job to do every February 2, but this year he’s not feeling well. Dr. Owl diagnoses him with the flu and orders two days of bed rest. But how will people know the weather forecast if Groundhog is down in his hole in bed?Then Groundhog has in¬†idea: he¬†can hire a substitute! Maybe Squirrel can be the substitute, or Eagle, or Bear. But at the substitute auditions, Groundhog realizes that none of his friends is quite right for the job. Will he be able to find a substitute or will Groundhog Day be cancelled this year?

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