BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE FEBRUARY FOX by Susan Blackaby

BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE FEBRUARY FOX

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Given that Groundhog Day doesn’t even begin to garner the same wealth of picture-book tie-ins as some of the more popular holidays, it is refreshing to find such a beautiful book for this oft-forgotten day of the year. Brownie Groundhog wakes herself on the second of February only to find to her chagrin that she can see her shadow. Yet these gloomy thoughts are soon forgotten when a hungry fox makes it clear that Brownie will be his next meal. As in any good, old-fashioned trickster tale, Brownie cleverly and consistently delays the fox, putting off his incipient noshing and sneakily tying him to a tree with her bright red scarf. A charitable soul, Brownie shares her cocoa and cinnamon toast, and the two make plans to meet again the next day—with something yummy to share. Spanish illustrator Segovia’s acrylic paints and inks elevate the simple-seeming story, truly driving home the bone-penetrating chill of a typical February day. Blackaby is as tricky as her heroine, economically developing two distinct and likable characters and delivering plenty of chuckles and wordplay. Elegant. (Picture book. 4-8) 
Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4027-4336-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010




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