Delicious Groundhog, Baked to Perfection
It’s February 2nd, so you know what that means, right? Time to whip up a batch of delicious Punxsutawney Phil Pudding Pops!
Nilla wafers. Is there anything they can’t do? Get the full recipe for these little buggers here.
I credit the BB-Blog with that little discovery, but on the children’s literary side of things I hope y’all remembered to pull out all your Groundhog Day books in your children’s rooms. I tend to forget, which is too bad since this is the only time of year the doggone things even circulate.
I did discover one 2011 Groundhog’s Day book worth celebrating, however. I don’t know if any of you have seen Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby (illustrations by Carmen Segovia). If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. For technical reasons I cannot officially review it on this blog, but at the very least I can suggest that you take a gander. In this trickster tale a delicious groundhog is pursued by a hungry fox, outwitting him at every turn. The lovely acrylics by Segovia make this more than a mere holiday book.
Now let’s enjoy . . . uh . . . well, there’s not much in the way of sun today so I guess we’re looking for an “early spring”. Fingers crossed on that one.
Extra: For fun, check out the names of all the groundhogs around the country as listed by Wikipedia. My favorites include Octoraro Orphie, Shubenacadie Sam, and Staten Island Chuck.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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