Woodchuck book

by Danny Adlerman
illustrated by Kim Adlerman, Roby Gilbert, Megan HalseyJavaka SteptoeKevin KammeraadMickey Paraskevas, Liza Woodruff, Judy Love, Ryan Hipp (www.puppytron.com), Joel Tanis (www.joeltanis.com), and Lena Shiffman.
Music by Jim Babjak
To hear clip from accompanying song, go to CD Baby.
The Kids at Our House (2006)
8 3/8" x 9 5/8", 40 pages
Hardcover ISBN: 978-978-1-879085-98-5
Paperback ISBN: 978-09705773-5-1
Interest Level: Grades 1 - 5         Reading Level: Grades 1 - 5
Available at Follett, Lee an Low, and our store. (Free shipping domestically in the US by USPS media mail at our website).

Activity Guide for teachers (also includes activities for other books and music by Danny and Kim Adlerman): ADlerman-ACTIVITY_GUIDE-16.pdf

Woodchuck worksheets for students below, for others go to our Activities page!

Themes: Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Animals, Beginning Concepts, Classroom Activities, Comparing/Classifying/Measuring, Cultural diversity, Environment/Nature, Nature/Science

If you have ever wondered "How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?"—and you know you have—look know further.  the answer lay inside... Illustrated by twelve different children’s book artists, this book answers that question as well as others, focusing on a variety of popular plants and animals. Based on the popular tongue-twister. Couplets include strawberry, buttercup, nightjar, and many other items. The book also comes with a CD of the song, both with AND without vocals, so you can make up compound word verses of your own!


This book/CD package takes a twist on an old tongue-twister and reinvents it in 12 different ways with art by 12 illustrators and a rollicking song. Two tracks—one with lyrics and one instrumental—allow creative freedom to express many more nonsensical verses. If you’ve ever wondered how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, the answer’s still “as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck wood.” But be prepared for many more curious questions that follow, such as “How much chi could a cheetah tie if a cheetah could tai chi?” and “How much sun could a sun bear bear if a sun bear could bear sun?” Ten active animals, a dainty buttercup, and a strawberry pirate take over this song adaptation. More than 50 hours was spent on the book’s last spread, “The Could You? Spread,” a collaboration effort to hide 53 compound words. The result is a wild and memorable story in sight and sound. Pictures include collages, photos, sketches, drawings, and paintings depicting the comical animal antics. The package can be used as a springboard for youngsters to come up with their own whimsical pictures and wordplay. For younger children, listening to the audio will reinforce phonological awareness, an essential early literacy skill and precursor to reading and writing. Danny Adlerman’s jovial ditty, and Jim Babjak’s guitar-playing will have listeners clapping, knee-slapping, and dancing along.   —School Library Journal, June, 2008


Remember the old nursery rhyme, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? As much wood as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood! This colorful book, illustrated by twelve of Adleman’s friends, some of the top illustrators in the country, is filled with fun and laughter. My personal favorite is: How much chi could a cheetah tie if a cheetah could tai chi? As much chi as a cheetah could if a cheetah could tai chi! You and your child will laugh as you experience the silliness as you turn each page.
Each tongue twister is accompanied by a colorful, imaginative illustration created by a different professional artist. A CD accompanies this unique book; the words are printed on the last page for easy sing along fun. You will also find a list of compound words on the inside back cover, to be found in the illustrations, making this book educational as well as a lot of fun.  This book was a joy to review. I review a lot of children’s books, this one is a winner! If you are looking for a way to interact with your child on these cold, snowy days, I highly recommend that you and your child cuddle up and spend a fun afternoon enjoying this enchanting book and CD. You will find word searches and coloring pages on Adleman’s web page at www.dannyandkim.com., where you can order an autographed copy or listen to some foot tapping music. My favorite tune on this site is The Library Song, where you would go to learn everything you want to know. How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck? is available at your local bookstore or online from Barnes & Noble.    —Book Talk with Shirley LaBusier/The Ashley News and DuQuoin Evening Call, March 2007

Illustrated by twelve popular children's book artists, How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck? is a whimsical picturebook that expounds on tongue-twisting variations of its title. "How much night could a nightjar jar if a nightjar could jar night? / As much night as a nightjar could if a nightjar could jar night! / How much sun could a sun bear bear if a sun bear could bear sun? / As much sun as a sun bear could if a sun bear could bear sun!" An accompanying audio CD puts the lyrics of the book to song, in a simple melody written in musical notation in the back of the book; the CD also has a music-only track so that readers can sing on their own. The final picture spread features representations of many compound words, which are listed in the back cover. A wonderful read-aloud or sing-along book for parents and children to share together.    —Midwest Book Review, March, 2006

Woodchuck-Compound Word Challenge Worksheet Woodchuck-Double Puzzle Worksheet 

Woodchuck-WordsearchWoodchuck-Make your own tongue-twister worksheet


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