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Title:
The secret of the first one up
Author:
Hiskey, Iris.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Chanhassen, Minn. : NorthWord Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
540 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 70781.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781559718677
Format :
Book

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Summary

After a long winter's sleep, a young groundhog named Lila wakes up beforenyone else in her family, goes outside, and learns about her important rolen predicting the arrival of spring, in a tale that includes information onhe American tradition of celebrating Groundhog Day.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Groundhog Day gets a first-class treatment here, thanks to Arno's (I Love You, Dad) assured storytelling and Graef's (Meet Kirsten) softly penciled, cinematic pictures. Young Lila the groundhog, a reluctant hibernator, hears from her Uncle Wilbur that there's a "secret" known only to the first groundhog who emerges from the den in the spring. Traditionally, Wilbur has been the first, but Lila goes to sleep determined to unlock the mystery herself. "Above Ground the days passed," writes Arno. "Storms roared, branches snapped, snow fell and melted and fell again." When Lila awakens and rushes outside (Uncle Wilbur colludes with her plan by pretending to slumber), she indeed discovers the "secret": all the animals "who stay awake for the winter" have gathered by the den entrance, waiting anxiously for a groundhog to look for his or her shadow. Graef builds the tension by portraying the chilly morning scene from the animal audience's perspective and from Lila's, both of which underscore a situation with big stakes-both meteorologically and emotionally. When Lila announces that her shadow is nowhere to be seen, the animals' relief at winter's exit should resonate with readers from all climes. Arno explains the historic roots of the tradition in a concluding author's note, and acknowledges the counterintuitive logic behind the signs ("On this special day, bad weather brings good news"). Ages 5-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-When Lila, a young groundhog, objects to going to sleep for the winter, Uncle Wilbur tells her to rest so that she can try to be the first one to wake up in the spring and discover a big secret. She is indeed the first groundhog to awaken and quickly runs up the tunnel and outdoors, where she is greeted by all of the animals that do not hibernate and learns from them how important her shadow is. Lovely, warm illustrations, created with gouache, colored pencils, and acrylics, depict the groundhog household as well as a variety of winter animals. A short note on Groundhog Day is appended. This book can be used for holiday celebrations or as an addition to a storytime or unit on hibernation.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.