Cover image for Gregory's Shadow
Title:
Gregory's Shadow
Author:
Freeman, Don.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Gregory Groundhog and his shadow desperately look for each other after they become separated from one another just before their annual appearance on Groundhog Day.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 45435.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 2 Quiz: 23870 Guided reading level: L.
ISBN:
9780670893287
Format :
Book

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Summary

Gregory and Shadow are separated just before Groundhog Day. Can they find each other again-and will it be in time for their annual appearance?


Author Notes

Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune . This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children's literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy , A Pocket for Corduroy , and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low .


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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. At the time of his death in 1978, the author of Corduroy and other well-known picture books had already finished this tale about Gregory Groundhog and his friend, Shadow, who become separated on the eve of Groundhog Day. The friends are reunited just in time for Gregory's appearance and don't want to be separated again. But their appearance together at the celebration will mean six more weeks of winter, and Gregory knows that will make the farmers very unhappy. Resourceful Gregory comes up with a clever solution. Freeman's adorable, loosely sketched illustrations are colored in a palette of blues for the snowscapes and earth tones for the underground scenes. The simple story line is just right for preschoolers, but the book can also be used in conjunction with a weather unit for older children. --Lauren Peterson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Posthumously published, this ingenuous tale by the creator of Corduroy introduces another endearing, though not likely as enduring, animal character. Gregory Groundhog always feels braver when his best pal, his shadow, accompanies him. On the day before Groundhog Day, Gregory suggests that he and Shadow go find something to eat. "Sure... I'm right behind you," quips his amorphous companion, whom Gregory inadvertently leaves outdoors when he returns to his burrow. After the two are reunited, the groundhog faces another dilemma: He doesn't want to be separated from his friend again, yet he knows that his appearance with his shadow on the following morning will make the local farmers unhappy, since this augurs six more weeks of winter. Not surprisingly, Gregory devises a simple solution to this quandary that pleases all involved. Less engaging than Freeman's light yet satisfying narrative are his wispy, sketchy picturesÄa number of which seem unfinished. Still, the whimsical notion of a groundhog's all-important shadow taking on a life of its own will pique readers' imaginations, and the antics of these two earnest buddies will bring smiles to young faces. Ages 2-6. (Dec.) FYI: A portion of the author royalties from this title will go to the Don and Lydia Freeman Research Fund to support psychological research concerning children afflicted with cancer. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This is an unabridged recording of the posthumously published work by Don Freeman (Viking, 2000), author of the popular Corduroy titles and other well-known picture books. In this story, shy Gregory Groundhog and his friend Shadow have become separated on the eve of Groundhog Day. Scared and lonely, Gregory searches for Shadow so that they can be reunited in time for Gregory's appearance at the Groundhog Day celebration. When the two find each other at last, they don't want to be separated again, but Gregory knows that the farmers will be unhappy if Gregory and his shadow both appear on Groundhog Day. So, Gregory comes up with a clever solution. Narrator Jim Weiss gives a superb reading of this story and effectively conveys the emotions of Gregory, which many young children will be able to relate to. Weiss's use of different voices for Gregory, Shadow, and the other characters is well done. The recording also contains original music and sound effects that enhance the story. One side of the cassette has page-turning signals which are sometimes difficult to hear, while the other side contains an uninterrupted reading. A worthwhile purchase for school and public libraries.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.