Last week, we learned from Punxsutawney Phil that we can expect six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day is such an odd tradition, especially given ol' Phil's paltry prediction accuracy. But, it's a fun holiday that lends itself to lots of lessons about weather, seasons, and traditions.
For years, my favorite Groundhog Day read-aloud has been Punxsutawney Phyllis, partly because Phyllis is my mom's name and partly because it's a really fun story. I even wrote to author Susanna Leonard Hill to tell her how much I love sharing her book each year, and she let me order a signed copy for my mom.
This year, I have finally discovered another Groundhog Day book I totally loved reading and sharing with my students.
Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox is a fun story that includes the basics of the holiday's traditions woven into a story of unexpected friendship. If you're looking for a fresh take on a very old topic, definitely add this title to your Groundhog Day reading list.