The Groundhog

The funny little groundhog
Digs a home in the fall,
And hides there all winter
Rolled up in a ball.
On February 2nd
He comes out of there
To look at the sky
And to sniff the air.


Little Groundhog

I'm a little groundhog
Short and stout.
On Groundhog Day
I always come out.
If the sun is shining
My shadow, I will see.
If the sun's not out
Then you'll only see me.
Shine, sun, shine
Winter's here for six weeks more.
Shine, sun, shine
Because I want to snore.
If you do not shine
And my shadow's not out,
Spring is here!
Everybody will shout.



(sung to "I'm A Little Teapot")

Here's a little groundhog,
furry and brown,
He's popping up
to look around.
If he sees his shadow,
down he'll go.
Then six more weeks of winter
- oh, no!


I'm a Little Groundhog
Tune: "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little groundhog short and stout,
February second I will come out.
If I see my shadow they will shout,
Six weeks more winter without a doubt!


Look All Around
(Sung to: I'm a little teapot)

See the little groundhog,
Furry and Brown.
See the little groundhog,
Look all around.
If he sees his shadow,
down he goes.
There's more winter,
Little Groundhog knows.



Little Groundhog
(Sung to Little White Duck)

There's a little groundhog
Who lives in the ground,
A little groundhog
Who likes to look around.
She comes outside on
Groundhog's Day
If she sees her shadow,
then she runs away.
There's a little groundhog,
Who loves to stay and play
When spring's on its way.



Can You Play?
(Sung to: Frere Jacques)

Little Goundhog, little groundhog,
Can you play, can you play?
Popping up your head, Popping up your head,
Can you play? Don't run away.
Little Groundhog, Little groundhog,
Can you play, can you play?
Running all around, On the cold hard ground
Can you play? Please, please stay!
Little groundhog, little groundhog,
Can you play, can you play?
You can't see your shadow, You can't see your shadow,
Here comes spring, hip hurray!




The first groundhog digs a home in the fall,
And curls up all winter rolled up like a ball.
The second groundhog comes out of his lair.
On February second to get some fresh air.
The third groundhog looks up at the sun.
He then sees his shadow and goes on the run.
The fourth groundhog at his dark shadow peeks,
He goes into his deep home for six more weeks.
The fifth groundhog hopes that skies will be gray
So that he'll know that spring's on its way.


My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an Indian-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all ...

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
~Robert Louis Stevenson





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Day of the Shadow:
Learn about shadows, groundhogs, Groundhog Day, hibernation and sundials. We invite you to read the nursery rhyme, "The Groundhog and Winter" . We also invite you to read interesting facts on groundhogs, Groundhog Day, hibernation, shadows and sundials. Try the various suggested projects, color your own groundhog, print and do the jigsaw puzzle, or test your knowledge on groundhogs and Groundhog
Day in our online quiz.