Synopses & Reviews
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!
"The story unfolds with fresh humor that keeps readers interested. Thomasand#8217;s pencil drawings bring life to the characters. A fine selection for beginning chapter-book readers and as a read-aloud."--School Library Journal
"Thomasand#8217;s illustrations help the new reader see the final and#8220;poemand#8221; and imagine Mrs. Pidgeonand#8217;s reaction to their heartfelt offering of sadness for their teacher. Few books for early readers address such a difficult issue, but Lowryand#8217;s capable storytelling does it with graceand#8212;much like Mrs. Pidgeon herself."--Horn Book
"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."--Booklist
Two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry introduces a new girl in class who loves being the center of attention and tells the most entertaining “absolutely true” stories.
Theres never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. What other new kid comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot t-shirt and tutu on another? Gooney Bird has to sit right smack in the middle of the class because she likes to be in the middle of everything. She is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her “absolutely true” stories. But what about her classmates? Do they have stories good enough to share?
This ALA Notable Children's Book by the two-time Newbery Medalist introduces a new girl in class who loves being the center of attention and tells the most entertaining "absolutely true" stories. Illustrations.
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;
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.