WILL SPRING BE EARLY? OR WILL SPRING BE LATE? by Crockett Johnson
Kirkus Star

WILL SPRING BE EARLY? OR WILL SPRING BE LATE?

illustrated by
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Around the beginning of February the groundhog sticks his head out of his hole and asks his perennial question: "Will spring be early or will spring be late?" There is no doubt about this groundhog's preference, he fervently hopes for an early spring as do his animal friends in the woods. When a passing truck carrying artificial flowers drops a bright red rose on the snowy field, Groundhog is delighted and runs to the woods to deliver his good prediction. The animals rejoice, but Pig, a sceptic, nibbles greedily at the evidence and disgustedly reverses Groundhog's verdict: it is a paper flower and spring is nowhere near. The other animals are very sad, particularly Groundhog, who, nevertheless, every second day of February, pokes his head hopefully from his little hole, hoping to detect a glimmer of spring. A spry text and Crockett Johnson's beautiful wintry drawings retell with charm the seasonal fable of the groundhog's prophetic search for his shadow. In no sense a nature book.
Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1959
ISBN: 0064432246
Page count: 52pp
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1959




MORE BY CROCKETT JOHNSON

ChildrenHAROLD AT THE NORTH POLE by Crockett Johnson
by Crockett Johnson
ChildrenHAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON by Crockett Johnson
by Crockett Johnson
ChildrenMAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
by Crockett Johnson