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Iris Hiskey

Autor(a) de Groundhog's Special Secret

11 Works 790 Membros 6 Reviews

About the Author

Obras de Iris Hiskey

Groundhog's Special Secret (2003) 290 cópias
I Love You, Mom (1741) 127 cópias
I Like a Snack on an Iceberg (1999) 108 cópias
I Love You, Dad (1998) 98 cópias
No Nap Today! (1997) 37 cópias
Cassandra Who? (1992) 11 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Hiskey, Arno
Locais de residência
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA
opera singer
New York Times
Pequena biografia
Iris Hiskey Arno has toured Europe and North America as an opera singer. Her two sons, Zachary and Max, inspired her to begin writing children’s books. She also does freelance writing for the New York Times.



Little Lila is a groundhog with a problem. It's winter, but she's not sleepy. Everyone else has already gone to bed. Lila wonders about what happens all winter long. She also wants to know about the secret of the first one up.

Uncle Wilber isn't telling, but he challenges Lila to be up earlier than anyone else. When Lila finally wakes up, she races Above Ground and finds all of the neighbor animals waiting for her. They all want to know if she sees it. Sees what? Lila looks around. What's the secret? Check out this charming tale about weather folklore to find out.

The Bottom Line: With notes about the tradition of Groundhog Day, this picture book is a gentle and fun read for kids in preschool to grade 2. The tale is engaging, and the pages are filled with lovely, soft illustrations in acrylic, colored pencil, and gouache. Enthusiastically recommended for storytime or bedtime reading.

This review also appears at the Mini Book Bytes Book Review Blog.
… (mais)
aya.herron | outras 2 resenhas | Feb 24, 2018 |
a book discussing how a child views his/her mother. all the great things that they do for us
1 book
TUCC | 1 outra resenha | Nov 11, 2016 |
The Little Calf that Couldn’t Moo
By Iris Hiskey (1992)

I liked The Little Calf that Couldn’t Moo by Iris Hiskey for three reasons. First, I liked the introduction of animals and the sounds they make. For beginner readers this is beneficial because they learn to identify an animal by its sound. Second, I liked the introduction of basic numbers; for example, the five chickens, the four ducks, the three pigs, and so on. Positively, the numbers were shown in the photos; the photo on the first page had five chickens, and four ducks. Therefore, the child sees the number in the text, but can also count the actual objects in the photos. Lastly, I liked Iris Hiskey’s ability to demonstrate the theme that differences are not bad; for instance, cows are supposed to “moo,” but the baby cow or calf says, “ma”; the calf is different from the norm, but the Mama cow and farmer embrace his dissimilarity. Overall, the “big idea” of The Little Calf that Couldn’t Moo is to suggest that differences are acceptable, and that differences should not be denied, yet valued.… (mais)
Mdierd1 | Mar 31, 2014 |
Moms can hold all different jobs
AkiHicks | 1 outra resenha | Dec 2, 2013 |

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