A Greyhound, A Groundhog

This week in our homeschool we’ve been learning about groundhog day by reading book and doing fun Groundhog Day activities. This is such a fun holiday for the kiddos, and who doesn’t love waiting to hear if the groundhog sees his/her shadow or not? I don’t know about you, but we are counting down the days to Spring in our house.

One of the books that I’ve added to our Groundhog Day collection this year is, A Greyhound, A Groundhog, written by Emily Jenkins. This has been such a fun, tongue-twisting read for us, and the illustrations are perfect!

A perfect read-aloud for Groundhog Day from a heavyweight author and illustrator duo comes a delicious tongue twister of a picture book that features a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog.

A groundhog, a greyhound, a round little greyhound. A greyhound, a groundhog, a brown little groundhog.
With very spare, incredibly lively language, this is an entertaining read-aloud, with two amazing—and oh-so-adorable—characters at its heart.

When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. (Around, round hound. Around, groundhog!) The pace picks up (Around and around and astound and astound!), until they ultimately wear themselves out.

About the Author-Emily Jenkins
Emily Jenkins has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including the picture book Toys Meet Snow, a New York Times Notable Children’s Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year, and the popular award-winning chapter books that feature the same beloved characters, Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home. She is also the author of A Fine Dessert, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; Water in the Park, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Lemonade in Winter, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. You can follow Emily on Twitter at @elockhart.

About the illustrator-Chris Appelhans
Chris Appelhans was selected as the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for Sparky!, written by Jenny Offill. The book received two starred reviews, including one from Booklist declaring, “Appelhans is a revelation.” Chris has also worked on several films, as an illustrator and a production designer for Coraline, an environment designer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a visual development artist for The Princess and the Frog. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @dairysnake.

If you are looking to add more Groundhog Day books to your collection, and you enjoy a good tongue-twister accompanied by awesome illustrations then look no further! A Greyhound, A Greyhog is a perfect read for ages 3-7 and has a SRP of $17.99


Samantha has been blogging for over 8 years and is a wife and homeschool mom of 4 from North Carolina.

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