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Groundhog stays up late / Margery Cuyler ; illustrations by Jean Cassels.

Cuyler, Margery. (Author).
Book Book (2005.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co. : 2005.
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  • ISBN: 0802789390 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0802789404 (reinforced)
Summary: Groundhog decides not to hibernate one winter, even though his friends tell him that he will become cold, hungry, and lonely.
Authors: Cassels, Jean, (ill.).
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2005 December #1
    PreS-Gr. 2. Groundhog prefers playing with his forest friends to preparing for winter, and despite warnings from Bear and Badger he doesn't bother to collect food or locate a shelter. He finds the first snow exhilarating, but building snow forts and throwing snowballs isn't much fun all by himself. Finally, desperate for food, he resorts to a fake declaration of spring, which brings out everyone for a party. A sudden snowstorm unmasks his trick, so the other animals plan a trick of their own--a painted shadow that fools Groundhog on February 2. Cassels' brightly colored gouache illustrations capture Groundhog's exuberance and the details of his cozy forest home. Children who like to test limits will identify with Groundhog's attempts to bend the rules to suit his purposes and be glad that despite the consequences of his actions, Groundhog's spirit is never broken. Pull this out for Groundhog Day story hours. ((Reviewed December 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2005 November #2

    Convinced that he's been missing out on wintertime fun, Groundhog refuses to hibernate, even though his forest mates--Squirrel, Bear, Badger, Rabbit, Fox--warn that he'll be lonely, hungry and reneging on his unique responsibility. "How else will you wake up on February second and look at your shadow so we'll know when spring is coming?" reasons Badger. When their prediction proves right, Groundhog fools them into waking up and sharing their food hoards by convincing them that spring has come a month early. His friends get their revenge by painting a groundhog-shaped shadow on the ground ("It looked a little strange and it was a funny color, but it had to be his") so that the rodent retreats to his den and misses spring altogether (the final page, however, finds him ready to revel on New Year's Eve). Cuyler's (The Biggest Best Snowman ) restrained, unadorned storytelling bubbles with comic winks, and its leisurely pace will encourage even antsy youngsters to snuggle into her cozy prose rhythms. Cassels's (The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson ) handsome gouache paintings seem inspired by the stylized design aesthetic of vintage murals; even though many of her pictures occupy a half page or less, they possess a commanding sense of scale and drama. As for Groundhog, he's a terrific foil for all this visual elegance--a Falstaffian figure sporting a jaunty red scarf and with a nose for fun. Ages 3-7. (Nov.)

    [Page 67]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2005 December

    PreS-Gr 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

    [Page 107]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Citation:

Cuyler, Margery. "Groundhog stays up late." New York : Walker & Co. : 2005.

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