Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Book: A Garden for Groundhog

Happy Groundhog Day!

The groundhog may have seen his shadow today and predicted six more weeks of winter, but reading the book A Garden for a Groundhog will get you and your students longing for spring.

The School Library Journal says it is "A delightful book especially right for reading around Groundhogs Day. During the winter, the O'Learys feast on the bounty from their summer garden, and Groundhog hibernates in his burrow home beneath the apple tree. The O'Learys know that the groundhog does not come forth on February 2 to forecast the weather but rather to check if the O'Leary garden is planted. Mr. O'Leary's plan to keep the groundhog out of their vegetables has one flaw, though, which is humorously revealed on the final page. Full-color illustrations in soft hues add to the aura of warmth and gentleness which permeate the story. A delight to read and share."

And a fun fact for Got Dirt? gardeners: the author, Lorna Balian, was born in Milwaukee and still resides in Wisconsin.

Happy reading!

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