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Groundhog loves to run and play. When winter comes, Groundhog does not want to hibernate. His friends warn that he'll be hungry and cold and lonely, but he just won't listen. Yet he soon discovers his friends were right.
Then he has a brilliant idea! He'll have an EARLY spring! All his friends will wake up, and they can all have fun together again. But his friends aren't too happy when they find out Groundhog has played a trick on them.
A great new twist on the groundhog's annual February ritual, this story is guaranteed to entertain, with a willful hero that children and adults will instantly recognize.
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Margery Cuyler has written more than thirty books for children and edited thousands more for various publishers over the past thirty years. Among her recent titles are Big Friends, Skeleton Hiccups, and Please Say Please! Penguin's Guide to Manners.
Jean Cassels has illustrated more than 50 nonfiction nature titles, but has specialized in more whimsical animals for Walker. Her other titles include The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson and Bre'r Rabbit Captured!. She lives with her husband in New Orleans, Louisiana.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2–Who wants to spend all winter sleeping? Groundhog would rather spend his autumn days playing with the other woodland animals than preparing for winter. While his disapproving friends retreat to their warm and cozy burrows, he remains awake. Once the snow begins to fly, he plays in it alone, building snowmen and forts, but soon becomes hungry and cold. In early January during a brief thaw, the mischievous animal tricks the other forest inhabitants into believing that spring has arrived early and they celebrate with a wonderful feast. When his disgruntled companions discover the ruse, they resolve to get back at him, and, because of their trickery, he ends up sleeping through spring. The following winter, an unrepentant Groundhog stays up late once again. Crisp gouache paintings show the cuddly animals standing upright, and the energetic woodchuck proudly sports a red scarf and mittens. The colors and textures of the changing seasons are beautifully portrayed.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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