Friday, January 13, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Substitute Groundhog

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! Since Groundhog Day is only a few weeks away, I thought I would share this fun book about the holiday.

Written by: Pat Miller  Illustrated by: Kathi Ember

Albert Whitman & Company 2006
Fiction for ages 4 to 8

Themes: helping others, sickness, holidays, animals

Opening and brief synopsis:
The day before Groundhog Day, Groundhog woke up sick. His muscles ached and his throat hurt.

Groundhog goes to see Dr. Owl and is told to stay in bed for two days, but that means missing Groundhog Day. Rather than disappoint his friends, Groundhog decides to find a substitute groundhog to look for his shadow.

Why I like this book:
It was fun to see the different animals audition to be a substitute groundhog. Finding the perfect animal just in time allowed Groundhog to get the rest he needed. The illustrations made me feel warm and cozy while reading the book with my son.

The author’s website,, has many resources including a teacher’s guide and a readers’ theater script.

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill.  For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.

If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out my post from Wednesday about a surprise I have planned!