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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: It is Groundhog Day and Rabbit is expecting spring! He sends a letter to Groundhog about the bad forecast. That's when Groundhog decides he needs help - he invites animals to attend Groundhog Weather School. There is lots to learn! This picture book offers lessons in weather, weather science, and the legend of the groundhog.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.7
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the concept, but found the book overwhelming. It starts out as a story, turns into pages of nonfiction inserts, and then comes back to story format (but in a different way). I tried to imagine reading this aloud with a class, but really struggled.
Pros: This groundhog burrow is filled with tons of facts, plenty of puns, and a class full of cute groundhogs.
Cons: If you're looking for a 'pure' story, this is not it. The narrative moves all about the page and they are crammed with text.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a seasonal book that is packed with lots of good elementary science information.
Educational Themes: There is a ton of information that can be parsed out: groundhog habits and habitat; important people in weather science and their contributions; and weather science factors. There is also a math angle in understanding predictions and odds.
Notes: The author donated a copy of an ARC edition of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. during KidLitCon 2009. This is an unsolicited donation.