Inside: A review of 5 Groundhog Day books plus free groundhog clip art.
I’ve been reading the same three books to my class on Groundhog Day for several years now and decided it was time for a change.
So I went to my local library and found these five winners!
Title: Double Trouble Groundhog Day
Author/Illustrator: Bethany Roberts, Lorinda Bryan Cauley
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., 2008
Grampie Groundhog decides it’s time to let one of the twins, Gregory and Greta, take over his February 2nd weather forecasting job. But when Gregory pulls the winning straw, he discovers that he’s not quite up for the job and needs his sister’s help after all.
I like this book! Even though it’s fiction it does a great job of explaining the Groundhog Day legend. Plus, I think the kids will be able to relate to the twins’ bickering and their final team effort.
Title: Grumpy Groundhog
Author/Illustrator: Maureen Wright, Amanda Haley
Publisher: Amazon Publishing, 2014
The Groundhog is tired and grumpy and refused to come out of his den on February 2nd. The townspeople try all sorts of things to lure him into the open air, until finally he emerges and has a wonderfully fun day!
This book is a lot of fun with its brightly coloured illustrations and rhyming text. It moves along quickly and has a most satisfying ending. From a teacher’s perspective, this story is perfect for discussing the story elements, problem and solution.
Title: Groundhog’s Day Off
Author/Illustrator: Robb Pearlman, Brett Helquist
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2015
This is a really sweet story about a groundhog’s disgruntlement with his yearly treatment. He’s bored with answering the same old weather questions year after year and wants to be appreciated for who he really is. So off he goes on vacation! The townsfolk try to find a replacement, but really, there’s only one animal right for the job.
I thought this book was witty and a lot of fun. I’m not sure my first-graders will catch on to some of the humour, but it certainly kept ME entertained! One thing for sure, my class is going to LOVE the surprise ending.
Title: Groundhog’s Dilemma
Author/Illustrator: Kristen Remenar, Matt Faulkner
Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2015
Poor Groundhog…he desperately wants all the animals to like him, but when he finds himself accepting bribes to control the weather, he realizes he’s got a real problem. Fortunately Groundhog finally figures a way out of the mess AND manages to keep all friends.
This was a fabulous story and quite possibly my favourite (although they were ALL super good). There are so many aspects to this story that children (and adults, too!) can relate to. It’s easy to understand how Groundhog ended up in a precarious position with his friends, and it’s refreshing to see how he dug himself out of the situation with honesty and empathy. I definitely recommend this one!
Title: The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun
Author/Illustrator: Wendie Old, Paige Billin-Frye
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company, 2004
This non-fiction book is perfect for explaining to your class all about Groundhog Day. It opens up with a story about Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, but happily mentions many others, including Wiarton Willie in Ontario, Canada AND Furby the Wonder Chicken in Vancouver, Canada!
This is a long book, packed full of interesting facts, so if you’re reading it to a young class I definitely recommend doing so over the course of a few days. It also includes some crafts, games and riddles at the end.
I promised you some free clip art and here it is:
PS Be sure to grab this groundhog day word search and colouring page.
PPS And don’t forget to grab your Groundhog Trivia Cards!