Susanna Leonard Hill’s Phantastic Phabulous Phyllis is on a WORLD TOUR! I recently reviewed Phyllis’ first book “Punxsutawney Phyllis” – read the review HERE, but now Phyllis is out seeing the world right before April Fools Day in honor of her second book, “April Fool Phyllis”! We got to be a stop on her world tour!!
We were very excited to see Phyllis pull up in her limo! In fact, a lot of people must have been very excited because a small crowd gathered to watch Phyllis take her first step in my town (and her first bounding leaps into our house to escape the crowd)! When it was time to head to Philly, we had to sneak out the back door while people shouted “WE WANT PHYLLIS!!!!! GIVE US PHYLLIS!” We jumped in the car and made our get away.
We had to buckle up Phyllis so something didn’t happen to this very special groundhog! When Phyllis heard what city we were going to, PHILADELPHIA, she wanted to see some historic sites!
During the car ride, Phyllis told us all about the travels she has had so far. You can read about Phyllis’ travels at Susanna Leonard Hills’ blog HERE. Phyllis also showed us she knew how to spell Saskatchewan (something she learned from her last stop with Beth Stilborn - check it out HERE).
Phyllis told us the weather would be cloudy in the morning but sunny by afternoon with a high of 71ºF. You know, she was right!
First stop: Independence Hall! We got a photo together in front of it to remember the trip. Outside of Independence Hall, Phyllis rapidly started asking me questions.
Groundhog: Why is it called Independence Hall?
Human: The founding fathers of our country wrote the Declaration of Independence in it. That’s how it got its present name.
Groundhog: You mean it had more than one name?
Human: Yes. Before the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, it was called the Pennsylvania State House where the governor of Pennsylvania had important meetings.
Next Stop: The Liberty Bell! The Liberty Bell is real close to Independence Hall so we walked over. Phyllis was upset that you can’t actually ring the Liberty Bell. My mom said when she was a girl you could still touch the Liberty Bell, but they found that the oils from people’s (and groundhog’s) hands caused the metal to decay so they don’t let anyone touch it any more. Phyllis was still happy to see the crack!
Next Stop: Betsy Ross’ House! We then walked over to Betsy Ross’ house and guess who we ran into! You guessed it -The Easter Bunny! Phyllis was happy to see a fellow rodent. The Easter Bunny posed for a photo and we continued. Phyllis liked that Betsy Ross’ house still looks like it did in colonial times.
We even got to take a picture in Betsy Ross’ upholstery shoppe!
After Betsy Ross’ House we walked back to our car and stopped at the place where they uncovered the foundation of George Washington’s House, the ORIGINAL White House! Phyllis wanted to peek in so I held her up to see!
Then we ran into the Philly Phanatic … I mean the PHYLLIS Phanatic!
Then we headed for the…
Last Stop: The Franklin Institute!
Phyllis was amazed at how big and pale Benjamin Franklin was (I told her it was only a statue).
We had a quick lunch in the Franklin Food Works (Phyllis wanted a Philly soft pretzel). We then headed over to one of the BIGGEST and OLDEST attractions at the Franklin Institute…THE GIANT HEART - Josie was kind of scared of the big heart so she didn’t want to get a picture with it, but Phyllis was interested and wanted to walk through it and she convinced Josie to come too!
At the science museum, Phyllis was totally into it. We learned about electricity, exercise, magnets, flight, physics and …wait for it… WEATHER!!!
Phyllis was already running towards the weather display when we saw it. Phyllis helped Josie and I learn how to do a weather forecast. We were so proud to be working with a professional!
Phyllis said she had a lot of fun but she had to catch a plane to get to her next stop. We were all so happy to be part of Phyllis’ WORLD TOUR!
illustrations copyright Jeff Ebbeler
badge design by Donna Farrell
April Fool Phyllis!
By Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler
28 pages – ages 4+
Published by Holiday House on April 1, 2011
In “April Fool, Phyllis,” Phyllis predicts a blizzard will hit on April first, but no one believes her. Will she be able to convince her fellow groundhogs to cancel the Spring Treasure Hunt and stay inside where it is safe? Read the book to find out!
Phyllis is a great charater and I really liked the story in this book! I like how Phyllis believes in herself. The illustrations in the book are awesome too!
Five out of five book worms!
To see all of Phyllis’ adventures, please visit the Phyllis World Tour page HERE. To learn more about Ms. Hill and her other books, please visit her blog HERE and her website HERE.