TITLE: Groundhog’s Dilemma
AUTHOR: Kristen Remenar
ILLUSTRATOR: Matt Faulkner
PUBLISHER: Charlesbridge, 2015
After Groundhog announces six more weeks of winter, half his animal friends are disappointed, while the other half are excited. Each animal asks Groundhog to make his prediction in their favor the following year. Rather than being truthful about the fact that he just “calls it like he sees it,” he leads them to believe he can control the weather, accepting their gifts of food and favor. On the next Groundhog Day, he finally admits he made promises he couldn’t keep because he was trying to please everyone and makes amends.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : A part of me can relate to poor Groundhog in Kristen Remenar’s picture book, GROUNDHOG’S DELIMMA. He’s in charge of predicting whether the animals will see six more weeks of winter but doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so let’s everyone assume he can control what the weather will actually do. The “non-confrontational” part of me would probably have been concerned with others’ feelings as well. But in the end Groundhog had to follow his heart by telling the truth, even if he risked losing some friendships along the way. Nice subtle lessons on honesty and friendships. A good addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 Stars****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story w5ill appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Fox is set to cook a nice meal until the main ingredient tries to escape! The chase is on as Fox and his friends scurry, hop, and lumber their way to catching those rumbly, tumbly taters. Friendship and teamwork go hand in hand during THE GREAT POTATO RACE!
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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