A Greyhound, A Groundhog

A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans is a children’s book about the playful interaction between a greyhound and groundhog. The book is beautifully illustrated and captivates the child’s attention with engaging illustrations and interesting of use of text. This book is filled with tongue twisters and opportunities to expose your child to phonemic awareness activities such as rhyming, repetition and exploring new words. As you are reading this book to your child, emphasize the rhyming words and choose a few words to define (e.g. such a greyhound, groundhog, bog, astound, etc). For example, reviewing what types of animals a greyhound and groundhog are before reading would be helpful for a younger child. I did this by showing some short videos that I shared below. Discuss what the differences are between a dog and a groundhog (e.g. different size, different lifestyles, etc)

As you are reading A Greyhound, A Groundhog, use the technique of print referencing by pointing to the word as  you are reading it. For more information on print referencing, click here. To target phonemic awareness, focus on the following pair of words that I have illustrated below.

A Greyhound, a Groundhog


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