Phyllis And her Shadow… A.K.A. Susanna Leonard Hill’s The Groundhog Day Fun Photo Contest!

2 Feb


Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I want some spring flowers! The good news out of Punxsutawney is that Phil did NOT see his shadow, so we are getting an early Spring!

Let’s celebrate! Happy Dance! AND enter The Groundhog Day Fun Photo Contest!


Susanna Leonard Hill author of the awesome book, Punxsutawney Phyllis (about a cute little groundhog determined that she can be THE groundhog on Groundhog Day) is doing the contest. Ms. Hill wrote “Punxsutawney Phyllis” (see my review HERE) and April Fools Phyllis (see my review HERE).

The rules of the contest are, get a Phyllis Colorable Action Figure (AKA paper doll, find it HERE). Color and cut and maybe add a popsicle stick then –

“take her outside to a location of your choosing on the morning of Saturday February 2 (also known as Groundhog Day!) and photograph Phyllis (she’s very photogenic!)”

Post the picture on your blog any time between Saturday February 2 and Monday February 4th and in the caption underneath (or a post if you’re feeling expansive) tell us where she is (e.g. Mount Everest, Nepal or Chicago, Illinois), the weather conditions (e.g. sunny and -12 degrees) and whether or not she saw her shadow (and hence whether she’s predicting an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter.)

Here is my entry:

Secretly, all the other action figures were in awe of Phyllis' weather predicting abilities.

Secretly, all the other action figures were jealous of Phyllis’ weather predicting abilities.

Phyllis didn’t see her shadow, for it was snowing and cold . It is 18.5*F in (literally) our tiny town in Pennsylvania.

My sister also entered the contest and posted her picture on her blog. Please click HERE and go to see it. πŸ™‚

To see all the great entries, go to Ms. Hill’s blog by clicking HERE!

Have a nice weekend everyone!

50 Responses to “Phyllis And her Shadow… A.K.A. Susanna Leonard Hill’s The Groundhog Day Fun Photo Contest!”

  1. Robyn Campbell February 2, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    But I wanted six more weeks of winter. 😦 Oh well. Pool weather, here I come!

    I’m doing this too, Erik. Mine will go up tomorrow. Loved yours. Fun, fun, fun! (They look jealous) Ha. Great post. (Phyll didn’t see her shadow here either. *sigh*)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 2, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Sorry. What I REALLY want is for my Mom to get a 4 wheel drive car. We need one where we live… It snows BAD.


  2. Susanna Leonard Hill February 2, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Oh my goodness, Erik! You made me laugh! All the other action figures SHOULD be jealous πŸ™‚ Thank you for your very complete weather report, your excellent photo, and for sharing your reviews of PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS and APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS!


  3. Catherine Johnson February 2, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Matthew loves your picture, Erik! Happy Groundhog day!


  4. Angela Brown February 2, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    That’s why Green Lantern was extra green. it was “Phyllis envy” πŸ™‚

    Love your photo Erik!


  5. Genevieve Petrillo February 2, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Great scene, Erik. You really cleaned out the toybox, there! I love it.


  6. julie rowan zoch February 2, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Phyllis is giving them a pep talk!


  7. readingwithrhythm February 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    HaHa! That’s great Erik!


  8. Anonymous February 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I love it! Phyllis with he friends. Looks cold there in your neck of the woods. brrrr….


  9. viviankirkfield February 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Happy Groundhog Day, Erik! I love your Phyllis photo…Phyllis can be the Super-Hero of Tunneling.:) I have to compliment you on your posts, by the way. They are always EXCELLENT…it’s terrific that you included all of the links to your reviews of Ms. Hill’s Phyllis books.:)


  10. Kirsten Larson February 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Erik, you are hands-down the winner of this contest in my book. πŸ™‚


  11. KidLitReviews February 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    What a great picture. I love the depth of field you produced by focusing so close to the little Lego guy. I also like the idea of no more winter, but today we got what must be three feet – okay two inches – of snow. You did a great job. I really hope you win. Can we vote for a winner?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Ummmm… actually, that LEGO guy is ummm… a giant LEGO flashlight… I WISH I could do all that fancy stuff you talk about! πŸ˜‰


      • KidLitReviews February 4, 2013 at 3:36 am #

        Really? Is the Lego guy the handle? I never would have guessed. One secret about photography: never tell your secrets. Even so, it is a great job and I hope you win.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2013 at 6:52 am #

        The lights are in his feet (2 separate lights on two moveable feet!)… πŸ™‚


  12. Darlene February 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    What a fun contest. I LOVE your entry! !


  13. Romelle Broas February 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    How Fun! Phyllis got to play with her friends. I wished I thought of that. She would’ve had a lot of Lego friends at my house- enough for a football team…the San Francisco 49ers football team…ha-ha!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Yeah, she would have had a lot too… Just I don’t like my LEGOs in the snow…


  14. laurimeyers February 3, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I love it! Perfectly winterliscious.


  15. ontheplumtree February 3, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Great photos. What an imaginative project. Hope the snow clears soon, Erik!


  16. jama February 3, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Brrrrrrrrr — Phyllis looks cold! Good thing she has a lot of friends to play with. Great photo, Erik!


  17. Cathy Ballou Mealey February 3, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Phyllis looks so happy to have such “super” friends paying a visit! I love it!

    Stay warm out there Erik. My camera doesn’t click very well when it gets cold. πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Mealey! My watch doesn’t work that well when it gets cold either… πŸ™‚


  18. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) February 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Perhaps Wonder Woman should have listened to Phyllis and her weather superpowers. πŸ˜‰ Great photo, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      HA HA! I was going to have the caption read “It seemed only Batman listened to Phyllis’ prediction.” Thanks! πŸ˜€


  19. Pamela Courtney February 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Fun! Fun! Fun! What a good job, Erik. I thought the action figures gathering was a super hero touch! Thanks for connecting to the other blogs, quite generous.


  20. Alayne Kay Christian February 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I bet Susanna’s wheels are already turning. Phyllis action figure – what’s next? Ahhh, super hero Phyllis. Fun entry, Erik.


  21. Lynn A. Davidson February 5, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Very clever, Erik. I visited your sister’s blog, too. Smart and creative kiddies you both are. πŸ™‚


  22. teresarobeson February 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I love that Phyllis is surrounded by LEGO and superhero figures! What fun!


  23. Penny Klostermann February 11, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Super Phyllis!!!! I guess she fights for truth, justice, and another sunny day! Nice entry, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      I thought she went as the Phyllies… But anyway, doesn’t she also fight for the chocolate too? πŸ˜‰ Thanks!


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