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Delicious Groundhog, Baked to Perfection

It’s February 2nd, so you know what that means, right?  Time to whip up a batch of delicious Punxsutawney Phil Pudding Pops!

Nilla wafers.  Is there anything they can’t do?  Get the full recipe for these little buggers here.

I credit the BB-Blog with that little discovery, but on the children’s literary side of things I hope y’all remembered to pull out all your Groundhog Day books in your children’s rooms.  I tend to forget, which is too bad since this is the only time of year the doggone things even circulate.

I did discover one 2011 Groundhog’s Day book worth celebrating, however.  I don’t know if any of you have seen Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby (illustrations by Carmen Segovia).  If you haven’t, I highly recommend it.  For technical reasons I cannot officially review it on this blog, but at the very least I can suggest that you take a gander.  In this trickster tale a delicious groundhog is pursued by a hungry fox, outwitting him at every turn.  The lovely acrylics by Segovia make this more than a mere holiday book.

Now let’s enjoy . . . uh . . . well, there’s not much in the way of sun today so I guess we’re looking for an “early spring”.  Fingers crossed on that one.

Extra: For fun, check out the names of all the groundhogs around the country as listed by Wikipedia.  My favorites include Octoraro Orphie, Shubenacadie Sam, and Staten Island Chuck.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Maybe the sun will weakly reflect on all the ice pellets coming down?

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Enough for teeny tiny groundhog shadows, perhaps. If groundhogs were, say, the size of M&Ms.

  2. Those pudding pops are adorable. And they look mighty tasty, too.

  3. Darn, Wikipedia found more groundhogs than I did.
    For a good while, the most complete list of groundhogs in North America (they don’t live in the rest of the world, only here.) was in The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun. People would come up to me at ALA and say, “I bet MY groundhog isn’t in your book,” — and glory-be, there it was.

    Yay for yummy groundhog pudding pops. I’ll have to add it to my Groundhog Day parties at the library.
    and Elizabeth Dulemba’s coloring pages are great.
    Can’t wait to see Brownie Groundhog.

  4. Love the Groundhog pudding pops idea. Here is another cute groundhog treat at

  5. Karen Ruelle says:

    Did you know that in some places groundhogs are called whistlepigs?

  6. Karen Ruelle says: