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What I Read This Week…
Groundhog's Day Off by Robb Pearlman
No one seems to care about Groundhog other than to ask him about the weather on Groundhog Day, so he heads off to the spa. The townspeople try to find a replacement for Groundhog Day, but they realize that only Groundhog is right for the job. When Groundhog hears this on the news report he returns home and basks in the attention he is given. This book tells a humorous tale about the popular holiday.
Groundhog's Dilemma by Kristen Remenar
Some of Groundhog's friends want an early spring and some want a longer winter. When Groundhog's friends try to bribe him to make Groundhog Day turn out the way they want, Groundhog tries to please them all. Groundhog has no choice but to tell his friends the truth. Groundhog learns a lesson about making promises he can't keep. This is a cute story for reading around Groundhog Day, but also useful for helping readers understand something about friendship and honesty.
Pirate, Viking, and Scientist by Jared Chapman
Scientist tries to find a solution when his two friends, Viking and Pirate, do no get along. Scientist shows perseverance and flexibility as he tries different solutions. Scientist's smart thinking and problem solving skills pay off as he decides to try one last experiment. The story includes lots of science related vocabulary. The illustrations are bright and fun and Scientist is adorable. This is a great book to add to a collection of those useful for teaching the growth mindset.
This book tells the story of a dog who names himself Sad because his owners don't want him and constantly yell at him. Sad's situation gets even worse when his owners move and leave him behind. When a new family moves in, Sad discovers happiness. This is a heart-warming story about caring and friendship.
Who Needs a Bath by Jeff Mack
This picture book about a bear who is trying to get his friend Skunk to take a bath could help children see that a bath can be fun. The fact that Bear's ideas to get Skunk to bathe in the pond repeatedly end with Bear in the pond instead add humor to the story. A lot of the action of the story is shown through the bright and detailed illustrations. This would make a fun read-aloud story.
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
A stray cat is the narrator of this transitional chapter book. The cat thinks he enjoys being independent, unlike his friends who all have their own humans. When a girl moves into the abandoned house nearby to where the cat hides, the cat tries not to get attached, but learns the benefits of having his own human. This is a sweet story that shows the friendship that can exist between humans and their pets. There are illustrations on every page making the book a quick and interesting read.