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Title:
Gretchen Groundhog, it's your day!
Author:
Levine, Abby.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
When she has to take over the job of appearing in Piccadilly on Groundhog Day to look for her shadow, Gretchen Groundhog is worried and nervous and threatens not to come out.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
380 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 44255.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 2 Quiz: 24003 Guided reading level: L.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780807530580
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's almost Groundhog Day, and the town of Piccadilly is all a-buzz because Gretchen Groundhog won't show herself. This is her first year, and she's too shy to come out. Only when the town historian's daughter shares records from the town's history does Gretchen begin to see that for everyone, the first time is the hardest. Full-color illustrations.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. An interesting introduction to Groundhog Day prefaces the story. Then it's all about Gretchen Groundhog, who comes from a long line of groundhog prognosticators but is too shy to go out in front of the crowd and peer at her shadow. The one joke goes on a little too long, but things take a twist when Hester, the daughter of the town historian, comes with clippings that prove many of Gretchen's illustrious ancestors have been shy on their day of duty as well. Few things are available for Groundhog Day, so libraries may find this useful for the holiday story hour; they may also want it on hand when requests come in for books about shyness. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations--full-page, half-page, and cameos--have lots of child appeal. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Young Gretchen must carry on the family tradition of stepping out on the morning of February 2 to search for her shadow, but she is too shy to "Go Out" and face the crowd of people. With letters, e-mail, phone calls and visits, the townsfolk urge her to reconsider. Levine's (Ollie Knows Everything) tale turns hokey when the town historian's daughter arrives with a box of notes penned by Gretchen's ancestors (Goody Groundhog, who sailed on the Mayflower; George Groundhog, who fought at Valley Forge; and Gloria Groundhog, movie star), all confessing their fear of "Going Out." Emboldened by their words, Gretchen rises to the task, after she, too, jots down "a few lines" to place in the history box. Cote (Flip-Flops) peppers her cheery if occasionally stiff illustrations with some droll details: a quilt with an acorn motif, a book entitled Down Under. But the author shortchanges readers: they never get to read the message that Gretchen passes on to posterity, nor do they learn, when her big moment finally arrives, whether or not she spies her shadow. Gretchen's big day ends in anticlimax. Ages 5-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Gretchen has been newly appointed to look for her shadow on Groundhog Day so the townspeople will know if spring is just around the corner. Her Great-Uncle Gus, who long held the position, has become too old, and his niece has inherited the honor. After much worrying, she musters up courage when she learns that throughout history groundhogs have been afraid to "Go Out" the first time. Whimsical, cartoon illustrations in pencil, watercolor, and gouache capture Gretchen's apprehension, her final triumph, and the uproar of the crowd. For fillers on Groundhog Day or dealing with fear, this title will fill the bill.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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