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Punxsutawney Who?

Punxsutawney Who?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.68

     challenging words:    world-famous, everyone, traveled, legend, capital, broadcast, prediction, everybody, weather, early, join, through, finally, become, also, year
     content words:    Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, Washington D. C., President Ronald Reagan, Bill Murray, Oprah Winfrey, Times Square, New York City, Governor Ed Rendell

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Punxsutawney Who?
By Karen Rimbey

1     Everyone has heard of Groundhog Day, right? Well, maybe not everybody. We know that it is celebrated every February 2 in a small town in Pennsylvania called Punxsutawney. The groundhog that predicts the weather there is named Punxsutawney Phil. Every year on February 2, the groundhog comes out of his hole after sleeping all winter long to look for his shadow. The groundhog has become world-famous for predicting the weather. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Not only is Groundhog Day a tradition in Pennsylvania, it is also a legend. A legend is a story told over and over down through many generations. Thousands of people visit "Gobbler's Nob" in the small Pennsylvania town to help celebrate Groundhog Day.
2     Punxsutawney Phil has had many famous moments. In 1981 Phil wore a yellow ribbon to honor the Americans being held hostage in Iran. In 1986, he traveled to our nation's capital, Washington D.C., to meet President Ronald Reagan. In 1993, a movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray was released. In 1995, Phil was on the Oprah Winfrey show. In 2001, the groundhog's famous prediction was broadcast live on the JumboTron in Times Square in New York City, and, finally, Governor Ed Rendell is the first governor in office to have attended the ceremonies.
3     So, you see, Punxsutawney Phil is a famous groundhog who helped make Pennsylvania famous, too! You can join in on all the fun on February 2 by traveling to Pennsylvania.

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