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Title:
It's groundhog day!
Author:
Kroll, Steven.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., 1989.

©1987
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Worried that an early spring will ruin his ski lodge business, Roland Raccoon takes drastic steps to prevent Godfrey Groundhog from looking for his shadow on Groundhog Day.
General Note:
Reprint: Originally published: New York : Holiday House, c1987.

"First Scholastic printing, January 1989."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 129549.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.4 2 Quiz: 05959 Guided reading level: K.
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ISBN:
9780590424738

9780590446693

9780606047067
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Book

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Worried that an early spring will ruin his ski lodge business, Roland Raccoon takes drastic steps to prevent Godfrey Groundhog from looking for his shadow on Groundhog Day.


Author Notes

Steven Kroll was born in Manhattan, New York on August 11, 1941. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in American history and literature in 1962, he worked as an editor of books for adults in London, England, and New York City. In the early 1970s, a children's book editor urged him to try his hand at writing for children, and he began what would become his career. His first picture book, Is Milton Missing?, was published in 1975. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 95 picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Jungle Bullies, That Makes Me Mad, Sweet America, Pooch on the Loose, and When I Dream of Heaven. He died from complications of gastrointestinal surgery on March 8, 2011 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. There's a nip in the air at the prehibernation picnic as Godfrey Groundhog is joined by friends Reginald Rabbit, Sherwood Squirrel, Penelope Porcupine, and Roland Raccoon. Godfrey shares his hunch that when his alarm goes off on February 2 and he comes out of his burrow he will not see his shadow. This prediction is joyously received by all except Roland, who owns a ski lodge. The wily entrepreneur is devastated, as an early spring means he will lose lots of money. Roland devises a devious scheme to thwart Godfrey's emergence, but he underestimates the groundhog's determination. Finally, Sherwood hits on a sound business solution, saving the fortunes and friendships of all. Kroll's pacing of the text is excellent for reading aloud, and Bassett depicts the characters in vivid colors that contrast nicely with subdued wash backgrounds. While a welcome addition for holiday use, the book is equally practical for prompting discussion of business principles and laws of supply and demand. PW. Groundhog Day Fiction / Woodchuck Fiction / Animals Fiction [CIP] 86-22924


Publisher's Weekly Review

Whimsical animal characters with names such as Godfrey Groundhog and Sherwood Squirrel populate this tale of the grinch-like Roland Raccoon's attempt to postpone the coming of spring. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2 When Godfrey Groundhog predicts at an autumn picnic that he won't see his shadow in early February, his animal friends are elated. But this jubilant announcement causes only despair for rascally ski lodge owner Roland Raccoon, and he decides to kidnap the unsuspecting groundhog. The woodchuck, however, is as enterprising as his ring-tailed captor. True to his animal nature, Godfrey chews through his imprisoning ropes and then burrows through the ground, with Roland hot on his trail. Emerging from below, Godfrey is happily reunited with his concerned cohorts who, in turn, capture the mischievous raccoon. A repentant Roland reveals his problem to the understanding quartet who propose that he open a hot dog stand on the beach. The brightly colored drawings extend the buoyancy, gentle humor, action, and warmth of the simple text. Children will be especially intrigued by the many scenes of life underground. Given the appeal to young children of this European-descended custom and its established place in the elementary school curriculum, this light-hearted romp with its tender message about friendship should be a welcome addition to holiday and general picture book collections. Julie Corsaro, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.