Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox
Written by Susan Blackaby, Illustrated by Carmen Segovia
Hardcover, Sterling Publishing, January 2011
Recommended for ages 4-8

This book will give you and your child hope that spring is coming again!

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox is a story of both the passing of winter and the coming of spring, and stars two of the most delightful animal characters I’ve come across in awhile!

Happy Groundhog Day! But when Brownie steps outside, there’s not even the slightest sign of spring-just her shadow, a frosty field, and a hungry fox who wants to munch her for lunch. Determined not to become a meal, Brownie finds a clever and tasty way to melt the ice and turn Fox into a friend…and make the wait for winter’s end a little warmer.

I had no idea groundhogs were as perceptive as Brownie is in this book – or maybe she’s just one of the smarter ones.  I probably shouldn’t be judging intelligence by appearance, though.  ;-)  Emma and I were entertained throughout the whole book with the ways Brownie found to put off the fox’s hunger for Groundhog Souffle (like telling him that it was too late for lunch, he’d have to wait until dinnertime), and not only did she avoid being eaten, she managed to get some things done that would spur along spring thaw!

I enjoyed pointing out to my little girl (3) the first signs of spring as we read, like the melting snow and the spring birds appearing in the trees.  Since we don’t live in a place that gets a lot of snow (I think there was one day it snowed and it didn’t stick at all), it’s a great learning experience for her.  The story kept her interested the whole time, too – I was surprised because she’s still very young and usually doesn’t sit through an entire reading.  But this one she stayed on my lap the entire time for.  It makes mommy very happy!

The illustrations are bright, detailed, and fun to look at – both my daughter and I loved them!

Our rating:  5/5 – A keeper!

Buy it in hardcover on Amazon.com for $9.66!

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I would like to thank Sterling Publishing for sending me the book reviewed above in order that I might give you a thorough review. This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products.


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