Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Picture Books - Go To Sleep, Groundhog

We have read a number of Groundhog Day books around our house and Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox and illustrated by Paul Meisel (2003) was by far one of the best. And, to my surprise there are a lot of picture books on the subject and many not so good. With this past Friday being Groundhog Day and supposedly we will have an early spring (ha ha ha) I thought I would bring this particular book up. The summary for it indicates: "When Groundhog is unable to sleep, he experiences autumn and winter holidays he never knew about, and then he finally falls asleep before Groundhog Day." However, it really doesn’t do it justice. The story is adorable and just makes you think how cute. Since Groundhog is unable to get to sleep he wonders about through the holidays and meets up with a kindly witch, a turkey, and Santa who all try to help him get back to sleep. One of my favorite parts of the book was the end where you get to learn the facts behind how Groundhog Day came about. With the weather outside being a bit fridged and snow covered (at least here) this one would be a good choice for reading during an indoor hot chocolate break.



Blogger mjd said...

I remember reading this book...maybe last year. Luke of Useless Clutter wrote about another harbinger of spring. I am amused that the two people, Luke and his brother, are the biggest sticklers about the actual beginning of spring seem to enjoy the legend of the ground hog more than anyone.

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