Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook have worked together creating charming books for kids for many years. The amazing lyrical skills of Heling, combined with the awesome style and artistic talent of Hembrook, makes for the best in children’s books. The book Ten Grouchy Groundhogs is no exception to that, and it is truly an exceptional read for kids ages four to eight,
and the parents and teachers who read aloud to them.
In the story, there are ten little groundhogs who are a little grouchy about having to get up early for their big day. The verses are written with poetic style that flows easily when read aloud, something not common for today’s books written for children. The groundhogs are not only grouchy, they are also gleeful, grubby, gabby, groovy, glitzy, and groggy. Each one has his own way of waking up enough to get out of the den, and make their way out into the big
world to check on the weather conditions. Ten Grouchy Groundhogs allows the reader to see the different personalities that each person has, making it a story that kids and adults alike will be able to relate to.
Reading aloud is something that draws parents and kids together, enhances relationships, and offers helpful ways to begin communicating. Kids and parents love the time they spend reading together, and having a book like Ten Grouchy Groundhogs to share will make the time spent reading together, extra special. The hilarious antics of the little critters, and the way the story counts down to the climatic ending, will keep anyone who is reading or listening to this story interested. Gift giving is made easier when there are such great choices in books for kids that will show them some fun, give them hours of fun, and help instill in them a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, friend, aunt, uncle, or sibling of a child this book would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Groundhogs Day, or anytime gift. Sharing the best in children’s literature is possible, when you choose fun books that offer such great prose and poetry.