April 1 – April Fool’s Day

Happy April Fool’s Day Everyone!

The month of April is always heralded in with April Fool’s Day. It’s a day a playing practical jokes and pranks on others, who of course are fools for falling for the jokes. The beginnings of this prankster’s holiday may have started with the Roman festival of Hilaria, followed many years later by the medieval Feast of Fools.  The day we celebrate today, may have been set in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392), when he dated a marriage for March thirty days and two, which readers mistook as March 32nd.  In his story Chanticleer, the rooster was tricked by a fox.

In 1959, Geoffery Chaucer won the Caldecott Award for Barbara Cooney’s Chanticleer and the Fox, based on Chaucer’s original tale, making this a true April Fool’s picture book.

142033In a much more recent picture book, Susanna Leonard Hill and Jeffrey Ebbeler bring us a partner to Punxsutawney Phyllis, the young groundhog who dreams of being the next Punxsutawney Phil – weather predictor.  With her powers of prediction, Phyllis warns the community of an upcoming blizzard in April Fool, Phyllis!  As expected, no one believes her.  The April Fool’s Treasure Hunt goes on as planned, and Phyllis has to rescue her groundhog friends in the middle of the blizzard.  Of course, she gets the last laugh when she does fool them all by claiming the treasure box at the end of the hunt is empty.

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9472778Given the winter we’ve had this year, I sure hope Mother Nature isn’t planning another April Fool’s joke for us!

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2 Responses to “April 1 – April Fool’s Day”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill April 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM #

    Thank you so much for sharing April Fool, Phyllis, Juliana! That was so nice of you! I hope Mother Nature doesn’t have any tricks up her sleeve too! I’m WAY ready for spring 🙂 Happy April Fools Day 🙂

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    • Juliana Lee April 1, 2014 at 3:24 PM #

      You and me both! I loved the book and just had to share it. Got it from the library, still waiting for my autographed copy. 🙂

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