Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Go To Sleep, Groundhog!

February 2 is Groundhog Day. My children are fascinated by this holiday and a groundhog’s ability (or inability) to predict the weather. This terrific book Go To Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox imagines what a groundhog really does while he is hibernating.

The author tells an engaging story about a groundhog and his battle to stay asleep all winter long. After a bit of tossing and turning, this cute groundhog finally falls asleep. On February 2, he is awakened by his alarm clock. He peeks out of his underground home, sees his shadow and scurries back inside to enjoy six more weeks of sleep!

I enjoyed this book for its delightful story and colorful illustrations. At the end of this book, you will find a short history of Groudhog's Day. Your kids will enjoy learning that before we had television and the internet, early farmers had all sorts of ways to try to forecast the weather, even watching a groundhog awake from a long winter's sleep!

Let's hope this year the groundhog does NOT see his shadow. I am ready for spring!!!

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