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Brownie-Groundhog And The Wintry Surprise

Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, by Susan Blackaby | Review

Nina Schuyler | The Children’s Book Review | January 12, 2013

Brownie-Groundhog And The Wintry Surprise

Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise

By Susan Blackaby; Illustrated by Carmen Segovia

Age Range: 3 and up

Grade Level: Preschool and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (October 1, 2013)

What to expect: Animals, Winter, Humor, Friendship, Kindness

If you’re someone who likes the holiday feeling to linger, who doesn’t take down their tree until the last pine needle has dropped, here’s a whimsical, wonderful picture book to add to the spirit, Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, by Susan Blackaby.

I always applaud a writer who manages to create something that is appealing, not only to a child, but also an adult, who must read a children’s book, oh, one-hundred times. Blackaby inserts enough humor, mostly through dialogue and pacing, to keep the adult reader entertained. Brownie Groundhog and fox, along with a new friend, Bunny, are having a December picnic.

The fox picked crumbs out of his fur.

“Perfect picnic, Brownie,” he said. “What’s next?”

Brownie yawned. “Naptime.” She wound her scarf around her neck. “I’m going home to   sleep until spring.”

Fox is worried–what is he going to do all winter long without his dear friend?

“You’ll be fine,” said Brownie. Each word puffed out of her mouth on a tiny cloud. “You can do wintry things.” Brownie packed up her basket. “Just don’t wake me up. And don’t eat Bunny. She’s company.”

Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise Illustration

“Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise” illustration copyright ©, 2013, Carmen Segovia

Soon fox and Bunny are sneaking into Groundhog’s home, and taking things, so they have wintry things to do. The pictures are colorful and engaging and the animals are full of expression. The humorous tone is joined with kindness, fox-like mischief and deep friendship. I’ve read it now at least twenty times, and am happy to read it another sixty times.

Add these books to your collection: Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise 

If you like the sound of Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, take a look at our “Winter Books: Snow, Hibernation, and More” book list, which includes Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox.

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<strong>Nina Schulyer’s</strong> new novel, <b><i>The Translator,</i></b><i> </i>has received starred reviews from Booklist and Shelf Awareness. Her first novel, <em>The Painting</em>, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and was named a ‘Best Book’ by the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco. For more information, visit her at <a href="http://www.ninaschuyler.com/">www.ninaschuyler.com</a>.

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