Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Greyhound, a Groundhog

This is the story of a greyhound and a groundhog who meet and begin to play, chasing each other around and around until they are stopped short when the greyhound spies a butterfly. Multiple butterflies fly up and away from the two friends who then continue to chase each other through a bog, a log, and around and around until the last page shows them happily exhausted, lying on the ground.

The wordplay in this story is delightful! The story is told in words using just a few vowel and consonant sounds throughout the book in rhymes and tongue twisters that beg to be read aloud: “A groundhog, a greyhound, a round little greyhound. A greyhound, a groundhog, a brown little groundhog.”

The simple, muted watercolor illustrations depict the story perfectly, capturing the joyful energy of the two friends at play and the wonder of the butterflies in flight. A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud and is sure to be a favorite for all ages!

Guest post by Allison C.

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