Who says it doesn't snow in April?

Summary:

Today is the day of the Spring Treasure Hunt. Everyone but Punxsutawney Phyllis is excited. Her instincts tell her a blizzard is coming, and they should cancel the treasure hunt. Her family thinks she's making an April Fool's joke. After all, it doesn't snow in April! The hunt is on, and the children solve the riddles, but miss some of the other clues ... until it starts snowing! Phyllis was right. No one listened and now they are stuck far from home in a snowstorm. It's up to Phyllis to get everyone back to the burrow safely.


Parent Perspective:
Fun to read aloud and the story moves quickly. The themes of a spring snowstorm, April Fool's Day and a treasure hunt blend together seamlessly. I especially love how the clues invite the reader to participate. Odds are they will have answers similar to the treasure hunters.

We love Punxsutawney Phyllis! She's smart, spunky, and a problem solver. There is nothing in illustration or text to show her reaction to her cousins making fun of her predictions, which suggests there wasn't one. Just what you'd expect from Phyllis: she stands by what she said.

Be sure to go back and explore the illustrations. There is a lot of cleverness there, too. Kids will instantly giggle at the fish with goggles in the stream!! Because of the April Fool's Day element, you can enjoy lots of readings in late March and early April. Kids won't care about solving the treasure hunt, because they'll love knowing the 'right' answers in subsequent readings. That said, it is a seasonal tale with a small window of enjoyment.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A fast, cute read to welcome spring. There are sure to be giggles the first time through. Young readers will enjoy helping Phyllis solve the treasure hunt clues!

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book that combines themes of April Fool's Day, weather forecasting, a treasure hunt, and problem solving.
Educational Themes:

Be sure to pause when you read a clue. Ask your reader what the answer could be. Odds are they'll come up with the same responses Phyllis and her friends did. Use the story's theme to create your own treasure hunt.

Don't miss the history of April Fool's Day at the back. There are traditions from around the world - like taping a paper fish to someone's back - that might be fun to adopt in your home.

Reading Level:
3.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story is fun and kids will love the characters, but because it is tied so closely to a one-day event, its shelf-life is limited.

Title April Fool, Phyllis!
Author Susanna Leonard Hill
Publisher Holiday House © 2011
Illustrators Jeffrey Ebbeler
ISBN 9781542751551
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Animal Character, Humor, Seasons, Weather

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