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***Gooney Bird and the Room Mother

by Lois Lowry

illustrated by Middy Thomas

Reviewed August 27, 2005.
Walter Lorraine Books (Houghton Mifflin), Boston, 2005.  76 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF LOW).

Gooney Bird Greene is back.  She’s still irrepressible, exuberant, and indefatigable.  She still dominates her second grade classroom and still loves to be right in the middle of things.  She still tells stories that are absolutely true.

In this second book about Gooney Bird, Mrs. Pidgeon’s class needs a room mother.  None of the kids’ mothers can be cajoled into doing it.  But when Mrs. Pidgeon promises the role of Squanto to the child who can bring in a room mother, Gooney Bird comes through.  The only catch is that the room mother wants to remain incognito until the day of the Thanksgiving pageant.

The stories Gooney Bird tells in this book aren’t nearly as outrageous as those in the first, but the book is still entertaining and Gooney Bird can still come up with surprises.

Reviews of other books by Lois Lowry:
Gooney Bird Greene
Messenger
Son
The Birthday Ball

Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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