Synopses & Reviews
Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book series from two-time Newbery Medaland#8211;winner Lois Lowry, with Middy Thomasand#8217;s black-and-white illustrations bringing the classroom to life throughout. Mrs. Pidgeonand#8217;s second grade class has a lot to celebrate in February: presidentsand#8217; birthdays, Valentineand#8217;s Day, and school vacation. Of course, the students are talking about their awesome vacation plans every chance they get. It can be hard to focus on subtraction problems when youand#8217;re heading to Hawaii or Florida in seventeen minus seven days! But most of the class (twelve minus three of them, in fact) will be staying home during vacation. Can Gooney Bird Greene keep spirits up while everyone is feeling down? Gooney Bird has a great idea that sends her classmates and her on a snowy spin through U.S. history and geography!
"[Napoleon's] disappearance adds an unexpected element of mystery to the narrative, which conveys a certain amount of information along with a vibrant attitude toward learning, an appreciation for the children's varied personalities, and a wry sense of humor."
"As always, the story is full of spot-on dialogue that captures every enthusiastic remark or bashful comment added by these winning second graders. It combines with a compelling story structure that is not only highly readable, but entertainingly informative."
"A great choice for beginning chapter-book readers."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"With apt jokes, recognizable classroom curriculum, and comfortably familiar characters, not to mention sly jabs at censorship, Lowry's Gooney Bird and her skeletal adventures will satisfy readers who appreciate a humerus tale."
and#8212;Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
andquot;The story unfolds with fresh humor that keeps readers interested. Thomasandrsquo;s pencil drawings bring life to the characters. A fine selection for beginning chapter-book readers and as a read-aloud.andquot;--School Library Journal
andquot;Thomasandrsquo;s illustrations help the new reader see the final andldquo;poemandrdquo; and imagine Mrs. Pidgeonandrsquo;s reaction to their heartfelt offering of sadness for their teacher. Few books for early readers address such a difficult issue, but Lowryandrsquo;s capable storytelling does it with graceandmdash;much like Mrs. Pidgeon herself.andquot;--Horn Book
andquot;Few beginning chapter books have the range of this one, from hilarity to sadness, from outrage to compassion, and few writers could manage it with such finesse. Often amusing and sometimes subtly instructive, the fourth book in the Gooney Bird Greene series is well suited to reading aloud.andquot;--Booklist
"Gooney Bird doesn't need much help putting herself on the map. She'll be famous for years to come."-Kirkus
"In this fifth book in the series, Lowry deals with the ticklish classroom issue of students gloating about vacations. She (and Mrs. Pidgeon and Gooney Bird) handle it well, helping young readers reflect on the competitive chatter that often strains the fabric of a class right before holidays."-Horn Bookand#160;
"Witty and perceptive in equal measure, the book features fine-tuned dialogue, kid-friendly illustrations, and a strongly realized classroom setting." -Booklist
Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter book series from the two-time Newbery Medal Winner Lois Lowry set in a second grade classroom.
Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in the sixth book in this sweet and accessible chapter book series from the two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry. Each book takes place during a month of the school year in Mrs. Pidgeons second grade classroom and explores a different subject. In this latest book set in March, Gooney Birds class learns about the human body with the help of a real skeleton.Previous titles have explored:
GOONEY BIRD GREENE, October: Storytelling
GOONEY BIRD AND THE ROOM MOTHER, November: Thanksgiving and vocabulary
GOONEY THE FABULOUS, December: Aesops Fables
GOONEY BIRD IS SO ABSURD, January: Poetry
GOONEY BIRD IS ON THE MAP, February: Geography
Gooney Bird Greeneand#8217;s uncle, Dr. Oglethorpe, has lent her second-grade classroom a real skeleton to help them study the human body. But when the skeleton goes missing, Gooney Bird must play the role of detective and lead her class in investigating the mystery at hand. Gooney is as funny, enthusiastic, and charming as ever in this sixth installment of the acclaimed series by two time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s March!and#8221; Mrs. Pidgeon said as she wrote the dayand#8217;s date on the chalkboard. and#8220;In like a lion, out like a lamb!and#8221;
The morning bell has rung at Watertower Elementary School, and itand#8217;s time for Mrs. Pidgeonand#8217;s class to turn to page 52 in their science books to learn about one of the most spectacular scientific subjects of alland#8212;the human body! As usual, Gooney Bird has a special plan to make learning more fun. But what on earth is in that scary-looking box that her uncle, Dr. Oglethorpe, has brought to the second grade? And what does it have to do with the charms on Gooneyand#8217;s jingling silver bracelet? It looks as if another special story is in the works!
andquot;A great choice for beginning chapter-book readers.andquot; andmdash;SLJ
andquot;With apt jokes, recognizable classroom curriculum, and comfortably familiar characters, not to mention sly jabs at censorship, Lowryand#39;s Gooney Bird and her skeletal adventures will satisfy readers who appreciate a humerus tale.andquot; andmdash;The Bulletin
Gooney Bird Greeneandrsquo;s uncle, Dr. Oglethorpe, has lent her second grade classroom a real skeleton to help them study the human body. But when the skeleton goes missing, Gooney Bird must play the role of detective and lead her class in investigating the mystery at hand. Each book in the Gooney Bird series covers one month and one topic of the school year.
In the fourth book in Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird Greene series, second grader Gooney Bird is learning how to write poems in school.and#160;When the class gets some sad news about their teacher, it's Gooney Bird who organizes a class poem to show Mrs. Pigeon they are thinking of her. and#160;
and#8220;Few beginning chapter books have the range of this one, from hilarity to sadness, from outrage to compassion, and few writers could manage it with such finesse.and#8221; and#8211;Booklist
Itand#8217;s a cold January at Watertower Elementary Schooland#8212;the ideal weather for second grader Gooney Bird Greene to break out her brain-warming hat. Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching poetryand#8212;from haiku to limericks. So when tragedy befalls their teacher, her students are prepared to write the most important poem theyand#8217;ve ever written. Thomasand#8217;s expressive drawings bring the characters to life in this funny, emotionally nuanced beginning chapter book. Brain-warmingand#8230; and heartwarming, too!
Gooney Bird Greene returns for another rollicking classroom adventure in this fifth installment of two-time Newbery Award Winner Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird series.
The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowryand#39;s popular Gooney Bird series!
Itandrsquo;s a cold January at the Watertower Elementary Schoolandmdash;the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat! Itand#39;s a good thing she has one. Gooney Birdand#39;s brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Who knew there could be so many different ways to write a poem? Haikus, couplets, limericksandmdash;Mrs. Pidgeonandrsquo;s students soon find that writing good poetry takes a lot of hard work and creative thinking. Gooney Bird and her classmates are up to the challenge. But just when things are going well, the kids get some terrible news. Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written.
About the Author
Middy Thomas is a native Mainer. She loves all forms of art and works in all mediums, from painting to printing to sculpture. Ms. Thomas also teaches two art classes a week in her studio.