GO TO SLEEP, GROUNDHOG! by Judy Cox

GO TO SLEEP, GROUNDHOG!

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Groundhog doesn’t know what he’s been missing when he hibernates, but a case of insomnia gives him the opportunity in this toasty story of autumn and winter festivities. Secure in the umbers and ochers of his burrow, Groundhog crawls under his quilt to catch a few months of shuteye. He tosses and turns for a couple of weeks before deciding to jump his sleep engine with a short walk. It’s Halloween, a whole new experience for him to marvel at, until a kindly witch whisks him home and tucks him in. A month later, after more tossing and turning, he’s back outside, and it’s Thanksgiving—where a turkey does the honors; then it’s Christmas and Santa. Fortunately, he sees his shadow on Groundhog Day and can catch up on his sleep. The pleasing mood and gentle pacing makes Cox’s tale ideal for bedtime, and Meisel’s artwork is dreamily transporting. If young readers are sharing Groundhog’s insomnia, a thorough note on the origins of Groundhog Day will give them something to chew on at book’s end. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 2004
ISBN: 0-8234-1645-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2003




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