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Please enjoy this article from of our Kids InfoBits online database. Click here for access to the database!
The groundhog handler holds the groundhog in front of the crowd after the animal made his yearly weather prediction.
Some people think a groundhog can tell how long winter will last. Groundhog Day is a holiday all about this animal and this belief.
A groundhog is a rodent. Rodents have big front teeth. They eat leaves, bark, and berries. Groundhogs live in a hole in the ground.
Groundhog Day is February 2. A story says the groundhog comes out of his hole on that day. He looks around. If he sees his shadow, he is scared and jumps back into his hole. This means there will be six more weeks of winter.
Sometimes the groundhog does not see his shadow. He does not jump back down his hole. This means spring will come soon.
The first Groundhog Day was in 1886. A newspaper reporter wrote an article about it. The article was in a newspaper in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Today, Punxsutawney still celebrates Groundhog Day.
Punxsutawney’s groundhog is named Phil. Every February 2, lots of people come to see Phil. They want to know if he will see his shadow. Groundhogs in other cities predict how much longer winter will last. The groundhogs are not always right. But it is fun to see them guess!
Many towns and schools celebrate Groundhog Day. People make paper groundhogs. They listen to stories and play nature games.
Source Citation: “Groundhog Day.” Kids InfoBits Presents: Holidays of the World. Thomson Gale, 2007. Reproduced in Kids InfoBits. Detroit: Gale, 2011. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits
Celebrate the magic of the holidays with the West Palm Beach Public Library!
Friday, December 10 5:30pm
Kids hop on the Polar Express, play holiday games, and more!
Help fill Santa’s Sack with your donation of a new toy for a needy child!
Wear your pajamas just like the children on the Polar Express!Sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.
FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAHBy Ruth Roston
I shouldn’t tell you this, BUT
sometimes we fight! Why does Julie
get to light the shammash candle
Josh grabs the shield we painted
blue and white – he says he’s ALWAYS
Judah Maccabee because
he’s oldest. (We can be the brothers.)
I’m the one who found the dreidles
for our game. I’m the one who knows
the names on all four sides -
NES GADOL HAYAH SHAM
Sunset now. December’s early
dark. No one remembers what we
quarreled about – or why. We love
each other in the shining light
of one brave candle.
Mother’s the one who looks around and says,
“A MIRACLE HAS HAPPENED HERE
For more books, crafts, music, and movies on Hanukkah, check out our catalog!
For a lot of kids, the Memorial Day Holiday is a day of fun. School is closed and summer is coming; it’s a great opportunity to be outside and spend time with family. But it is also an important holiday in our country and can be a chance to teach children about the history and customs of the day.
- Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor the people who have died in wars.
- Memorial Day goes back to the Civil War, which was fought between 1861 and 1865. A group of women went to a cemetery and put flowers on the graves of all soldiers, from the North and the South, honoring their sacrifice, no matter which side for which they fought.
- Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May.
- The word memorial means a recognition or structure in honor of something a person or multiple people did. It is a lot like the word memory.
- Many people visit the graves of people who have died in a war and place flowers or flags at the site. Some people take this day to visit the graves of other loved ones who have died, whether or not they have fought in a war.
- After World War I, the red Poppy flower has been distributed in honor of veterans (people who have served in the military).
Although this holiday is celebrated with barbeques, trips to the beach, and other recreation, it is important to remember the history of the day and the men and women who have given their lives for our great country. A great place for kids to learn about the holiday and the history of our country is our World Book Database. And, of course, books!
Kids can celebrate by creating their own Memorial Day Poppy:
What you need:
Red tissue paper
Green pipe cleaner
What to do:
Cut 4 circles (about 3” in diameter) from the tissue paper.
Lay the circles on top of each other.
Push about 1” of the pipe cleaner up through the center and then down through the paper nearby the first hole. Twist the end around the stem.
Crumple the tissue a bit to give the flower some body.
This can be stuck through a button hole or given away.
Just in case you were wondering about some new DVD releases for children to view during the holidays, I found a list of top DVD releases for kids ages 6 & up.
For all the kids that are not in this range, be cool, you still might like them, and I will definitely have something for you next time.
The best part of this DVD list, is that KidSpace, @ the West Palm Beach Public Library, owns them all. So come check them out and don’t forget the matching books on your way out:
The Spiderwick Chronicles (I absolutely loved this movie…the goblins were the greatest)
Until we meet again,
~Remember, Reading is Awesome