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****Gooney Bird Greene

by Lois Lowry

illustrated by Middy Thomas

Reviewed March 14, 2003.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2002.  88 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF LOW).

Here’s a delightful book for kids ready to read chapter books on their own.  It’s written about a second-grade classroom at a good reading level for second-graders.

Gooney Bird Greene isn’t like anyone her classmates have ever seen before.  She shows up on her first day at her new school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots.  She asks to sit “right smack in the middle of everything.”

When the teacher wants to teach the class about telling stories, she suggests that they pick a famous person to be the main character.  They choose Gooney Bird Greene.  So Gooney Bird Greene ends up telling a series of stories to her class.  All of her stories are absolutely true, even the one about how her cat was consumed by a cow and “Why Gooney Bird Was Late for School Because She Was Directing a Symphony Orchestra.”

This book is delightful fun, quick reading, and gives tips about telling stories along the way.   A treat!

Reviews of other books by Lois Lowry:
Gooney Bird and the Room Mother
The Birthday Ball
Messenger
Son

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