082342040X copyMy friend, the clever, creative, and fun-loving author Susanna Leonard Hill, has decided that we need a little fun in the midst of this wicked winter. Not only is Susanna all the adjectives aforementioned, but she is the creative spirit behind PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS, Girl Weather Prognosticator Extraordinaire.

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s nearly Groundhog Day, the day when Phyllis (and others of her ilk) take a look outside and declare whether there will be an early spring, or six more weeks of winter. As a child, I never quite understood that, because where I live, having ONLY six more weeks of winter would be an early spring!

Anyway, it’s time for Phyllis to prognosticate, and Susanna has dreamed up a fun way to prepare our furry friend for her prognostifying. Prognostificating? Um, predicting the weather. We’re having a Fun Fashion Show for Phyllis! Bloggers here, there, and everywhere, are creating outfits for Phyllis to wear, and scenarios in which she would wear them. To find links to all the entries in the fashion show, click that Fun Fashion Show link above.

Click on the magic words to see how I envision Phyllis for Groundhog Day 2014:

May I present Punxsutawney Phyllis — OPERA STAR!!!

Opera Phyllis on Stage copy

Phyllis wants you to know that her snowshovel, shield and helmet are made of real silver, er, tinfoil, and her dress is made of leftover theatre curtain material. As Great Granny Groundhog always said, “Waste not, want not.” (Great Granny was rather given to cliches.) That’s a music stand in front of her, by the way.

If you’d like a better look at her opera costume, here’s a close-up:

Opera Phyllis Closeup

If, by some mischance, you have never read the delightful picture book Punxsutawney Phyllis, I urge you to do so! If you have children, dash to your local bookstore, and share it with them on February 2nd, National Phyllis Day, I mean Groundhog Day. If your local bookstore doesn’t have it, may I suggest ordering it from Merritt Bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley? It is an independent bookstore that goes out of its way to do wonderful things for people and authors.

Happy Groundhog Day! May Spring come early. Please?

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