2008 Certificate of Award      


  • (A White Albino Groundhog)

Written by: Barbara Birenbaum

ISBN 9780935343748     Hardcover  32 Pages
Age 8 to 100  Non-Fiction    
Size: 8 x 10       List Price   $ 19.95

A Story within a Story (C)  - Two stories in one about the same theme each uniquely different as they appear side-by-side on each page.  

The life and times of the (white) albino Groundhog Willie and his heir apparent, Wee Willie, that shadow casts the weather on February 2nd in Wiarton, Ontario for  Canada's Williemas Day. 

The story Includes dictionary, Indian folklore, pen and ink illustrations and color photographs.

Underlying Theme: Decision making, self-confidence, and the impact one groundhog has in predicting the onset of spring. 

Florida Publisher Association (FPA) honors author Barbara Birenbaum with President Book Award 2008 for Best Children's Nonfiction.

Read the Testimonials listed below




Book Award Nominee

Florida Publishers Association (FPA) 2008 President Book Award

Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, ASPCA

Amer. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Young People’s Literature Award, National Book Foundation

National Outdoor Book Award, Idaho State University

Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Children’s Book Council

Children’s Books – Awards & Honors CBC 2003


Canadian folklore

"This book has been brought to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage."                                                                                            

    The Honourable Jean Chretien - former Prime Minister of Canada

Celebrating with Canadians.

"With snow falling in Ontario, rodent didn’t see his shadow , but his predicting is forecast in Groundhog Willie’s Shadow."

                                                                                                                Clearwater Times Newspaper

Check It Out!

"Groundhog Willie’s Shadow teaches history of Groundhog Day and Williemas Day in one story and the story of Willie, the famous albino groundhog of Canada in the other. Adorable photographs."                                                                             

       St Petersburg Times Newspaper


"A book about groundhogs and their stories including Wiarton Willie, a Canadian weather-forecasting groundhog. The pages are divided in half and present both fictional and informative accounts in different fonts. Wide mixture of drawings, diagrams, photos and a cartoon."

                                                                        Sarah O’Neal,  - Lake County Library System, Utah - School Library Journal

Interest Across North America

                                                            Children’s Books - Awards & Honors 2003

                                                             Children’s Book Council