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Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby and Illustrated by Carmen Segovia

Published by Sterling Children’s Books

Pages: 24

Ages: 3 and up.

Publishers Summary: 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!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “He wants to eat the Groundhog! He wants to eat Brownie! Really? Poor Brownie. She seems pretty good though at keeping the fox from eating her though, which is pretty funny. Hehe. Although, I can hardly blame Fox, the groundhog’s name is Brownie, and I love brownies myself. Hehe.

“This was such a funny book! The fox keeps getting hungrier and hungrier, but the groundhog keeps coming up with all these silly things to do. They go for a walk, they even go ice skating, the groundhog even ties up the fox around a tree – which was really funny but kind of sad, and in the end they get to be friends. How funny! I wonder if the fox will ever end up eating the groundhog? My mom says no and so I think they’ll just stay friends. Which sounds perfect!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Two very unlikely creatures start out on the beginnings of friendship after the Groundhog discovers a very unfortunate fact…her shadow. A very large shadow at that. From that point on Brownie must come up with idea after idea of how to keep Fox from making her his midday snack. Fortunately for Brownie, she’s rather clever and assigns Fox numerous tasks to wear him out and eventually settle down enough to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and some cinnamon toast. In the end these two unlikely friends become quite close and decide to wait out the remainder of winter enjoy each others company and great treats.

“From the moment I opened the package with Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox enclosed I was in love. The illustrations are gorgeous! It made me a little sad to not be sitting next to a window looking out on a backyard covered in fluffy white snow with my own cup of hot cocoa. See, it’s absolutely the most perfect book for these cold wintry months, especially for those of you suffering these ice storms and feet of snow. Watching Brownie and Fox in their cozy illustrations will make you giggle and snuggle in for a long day of reading.

“Not only is this the perfect book for Groundhog Day. Opening with the formidable prediction of a long winter and a little bit of a chuckle, you won’t stop laughing until the very last page. I absolutely adored the story of how Brownie and Fox’s relationship grew from food to friend. They are quite the odd pairing, but much can change with time and of course…great food. Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox is a book for parents and children alike. Cuddle up together on these cold days with a cup of cocoa and enjoy getting to know Brownie and Fox.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 and up. A perfect story for parents and children alike about finding friendship in the most unusual circumstances.

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*Reprinted with permission from Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox, © 2011 by Carmen Segovia, Sterling Children’s Books.

5 Responses to Book Review: Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby

  1. Gina says:

    Well this one was perfectly times now wasn’t it? LOL. Sounds like one smart groundhog though! ^_^ Definitely with you on the artwork….so cute. Thanks for sharing you guys! Happy reading….

  2. Very cute! Reminds me of the style of “Little Bear” and “A Bargain for Frances” – love that look for a children’s book – very nostalgic.

  3. Kristen M. says:

    We thought this one was absolutely beautiful as well. I love the red! I was going to donate the book to the school library but I’m just not sure if we can part with it. 🙂

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