Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather

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Geoffrey Groundhog is famous for predicting how long winter will last, and each February 2, everyone waits to hear what he has to say when he emerges to look for his shadow. But as his fame grows, so does the commotion surrounding his burrow. Finally, one February things get so bad that when Geoffrey makes his appearance he can't even see the ground, much less his shadow, because of all the lights, reporters, and cameras. How's anyone to know when spring will arrive? Predicting the weather isn't easy, not even for a groundhog. Readers will laugh aloud at Geoffrey's clever solution to his predicament.

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Bruce Koscielniak is the author and illustrator of several books for children; he is also a musician who has played the violin and jazz guitar for many years. He lives in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts.

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PreSchool-Grade 2?Predicting the weather seems easy to Geoffrey Groundhog, who recalls his mother's advice regarding the sighting of his shadow on February 2. He reports his findings to Merton Moose at the newspaper, and the following year, various townsfolk eagerly await his prediction. Billboards and posters exploit his image to sell products from toothpaste to "Ground Hoggers Jogging Shoes." As Geoffrey sleeps, unaware of the turmoil, television cameras and reporters gather near the entrance of his burrow, waiting for him to appear. Imagine his surprise when he dashes out, only to be bombarded with flashing lights and questions! With all the turmoil, he can't see anything, leaving the town desperately seeking weather information. Geoffrey's solution?to call his mother for her sighting?will be humorous and reassuring to young audiences. Unfortunately, the real humor?the satirical pervasiveness of the media?might be lost on them. Though reasons for the sequence of events often remain unclear, the energetic watercolor and pen drawings vividly depict both the chaotic media influence and the snowy calm of the town in its usual state, including endearing characters and an appealing cover.?Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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