Thursday, January 27, 2011

Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub illustrated Kristin Sorra

The must-have book for Groundhog Day—and the rest of the year!

With pop-art illustrations, a tongue-in-cheek tone, and a riot of detail, kids learn all the important aspects of Groundhog Day. And where better to learn it than Groundhog Weather School!

Professor Groundhog opens a school so groundhogs can learn to accurately forecast the weather each February. Following along with the amusing cast of students, kids are drawn in by the thoroughly engaging tale while they learn fun facts about different animals (groundhogs in particular), seasons, weather, and predicting the weather. With funny asides and a comic-style approach to the illustrations, this informational story presents a fresh look at Groundhog Day through the eyes of the animals who live it each year.

My thoughts:
We read this book for the first time last night and my children really enjoyed it. It was funny and entertaining, but at the same time there were a lot of facts about groundhogs and seasons mixed throughout. It even gave them a chance to use some math reasoning. In explaining how much a groundhog had to dig to make his or her burrow. It stated that a groundhog could dig five feet a day. An average burrow is fifteen feet deep but a spectacular one is 40 feet deep. Using counting by five's they were able to tell me how many days the groundhog would have to dig and no one balked at the idea of doing math because they wanted to know how long it would take to dig. I don't think I will be using this one in my preschool classroom but for slightly older elementary school age children it is perfect.

Product DetailsPub. Date: December 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Hardcover , 32pp
Age Range: 5 to 8
ISBN-13: 9780399246593
ISBN: 0399246592

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