Gertie Saves the Day is about a sweet groundhog that wants to be the next groundhog that predicts if there will be 6 more weeks of winter or not. Gertie’s class is going to have a competition to see who will be the next groundhog to look for their shadow on Groundhog Day. She tries very hard to win the position but ultimately loses to Jeff. Jeff is not the kindest groundhog in the class and teases Gertie about her height. When Groundhog Day comes, there is a problem; what will Gertie do?
Author Karen Patricia Nespoli has written a creative and engaging picture book. She uses simple but effective prose to share her meaningful message. Daniela Massironi has illustrated the story with adorable, colorful, and entertaining pictures. This beautifully written children’s book introduces to kids the concept of Groundhog Day, kindness, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. It is a lot packed into a remarkably short book.
Gertie has a positive attitude that even when things do not go well for her, she thinks of the bigger picture and stays supportive. She tries her hardest and shows readers that sometimes it is not enough even when you do your best, and that is ok. Jeff goes through some character development learning about what teamwork and friendship mean.
Gertie Saves the DayThis simple narrative model’s good behavior and morals in an approachable way. Included are fun facts about Groundhog Day and groundhogs. This makes it the perfect book for teachers, parents, or anyone wanting to teach a lesson on groundhogs or Groundhog Day.
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