Children’s Review: Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox

Brownie Groundhog and the February FoxTitle: Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox
Author: Susan Blackaby
Illustrator: Carmen Segovia
Details: Hardcover, 24 pgs.
Published: Jan. 4, 2011 by Sterling
isbn: 140274336X (ISBN13: 9781402743368)
Reading Level: Children Age 3 and up
Source: Sterling Publishing, for review


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. Susan Blackaby’s deliciously witty writing and Carmen Segovia’s adorable animals and stunning landscapes combine to create a picture book filled with springtime joy. Just right for reading with a cup of cocoa and cinnamon toast;  Brownie’s favorite meal!

Our Thoughts:
What an adorable book!  It came just in time as Groundhog Day is next week.  But this book doesn’t talk about Groundhog day, though it talks about finding Spring.  So although it’s a Groundhog Day book it really is appropriate for all winter.  
I thought it was a cute book the second I saw it even though it’s not bright in colors.  There’s snow through the entire thing so that makes for a lot of white, but the illustrator fills the pages.  It’s not just a little portion of the page with the illustrations.  I love it when they are full pages of illustrations and it takes your eyes over the full pages, looking for little things like maybe a bird in a tree, or a leaf starting to grow.  
My kids loved this book, and that’s what’s important right?  I read it to my one year old who has zero attention span but he actually stopped playing to look up and see the book.  When my daughter got home and heard there was a new book she spun circles, she was so excited!  But when she saw it she was even more excited.  We haven’t had much snow at all this year so that has made her even more obsessed with it.  She was enthralled with the story from the beginning and didn’t interrupt me at all.  When I finished the kids sat down and looked at the pictures without me but when they finished they asked me to read it again!  
The book was fun to read though it wasn’t rhyming or anything.  It was just a fun story with Brownie Groundhog tricking the fox over and over again and in the end them becoming friends.  
It was a middle length story.  It didn’t take long to read but wasn’t too short.  It was just perfect, I’d say!
I give it 4/5 for illustrations.
4/5 for the story.
And the kids give it 5/5!

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Disclosure: I received this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  I was not paid or influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.

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