Gooney Bird and the Room Mother (Gooney Bird Series #2)

Gooney Bird and the Room Mother (Gooney Bird Series #2)

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by Lois Lowry, Middy Thomas
     
 

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Gooney Bird Greene knows exactly where she likes to be: “right smack in the middle of everything.” Sure enough, her colorful fashion sense, exuberant personality, and “absolutely true” stories land her at the center of attention most of the time, but as Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class prepares for their Thanksgiving pageant, the

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Gooney Bird Greene knows exactly where she likes to be: “right smack in the middle of everything.” Sure enough, her colorful fashion sense, exuberant personality, and “absolutely true” stories land her at the center of attention most of the time, but as Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class prepares for their Thanksgiving pageant, the lead role of Squanto is still up for grabs. And so is the role of Room Mother, but with each of the children’s parents already overloaded, there are no volunteers to bring cupcakes to their play. So Gooney Bird promises to find one—in exchange for the lead. There’s just one catch: the person she convinces to be Room Mother insists on remaining incognito. As the class struggles to decorate the mural, make costumes, and learn their songs for the play, the suspense builds: will the pageant be a success? And who is their mysterious Room Mother?

Two-time Newbery Award–winning author Lois Lowry has once again captured the eager energy of an elementary school classroom and the hilarious antics and anecdotes of its students, especially those of the irrepressible Gooney Bird Greene herself. In her second literary appearance, Gooney Bird is back with more “absolutely true” stories to tell, more tips for her fellow aspiring storytellers, and a few challenging vocabulary words to share, too.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is the second book about one of the most unique heroines in middle grade fiction. Gooney Bird loves to be "right smack in the middle of things." She wears unmatched socks because matched socks give her a feeling of ennui. Gooney Bird is a second grader (my only concern is that she seems more like a 4th grader) whose passion for words, writing and stories has ignited the learning pleasure of her schoolmates. Gooney has capitalized on their excitement by getting every one of them a dictionary of their own and now when Gooney tells a story and lovely words erupt in the telling, her teacher Mrs. Pigeon dashes to write it on the board and classmates scatter for their dictionaries so they can learn the glories of words like "indefatigable" as they work on their Thanksgiving Day mural (or Muriel, as Gooney Bird calls it). The mural is interrupted by the need to search for a new room mother because this second grade is the only class that does not have one. Gooney barters the privilege of being Squanto, which will put her "right smack in the middle," for finding a room mother. Of course she succeeds, but the room mother insists on being "incognito" (another word that sends the 2nd graders scattering for their dictionaries.) Unbelievable situations become believable as readers are sucked into the superb word play and writing of Lowry and the enchanting character she has created! 2005, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 8 to 11.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Gooney Bird likes to be "right smack in the middle of everything" in Mrs. Pidgeon's second-grade class. The children are preparing for the Thanksgiving pageant (with Indians in feather headbands) and they are in desperate need of a room mother as all of the parents have refused. When Mrs. Pidgeon decides that the lead role of Squanto will go to the student who can come up with one, Gooney Bird comes to the rescue. She tells the class the story of how she convinced someone to take the job. The only catch is that this person wants to remain incognito until the big day. In Gooney Bird Greene (Houghton, 2002), Lowry used Gooney Bird's stories to introduce the different elements of storytelling. The focus in this sequel is the meaning of words. Whenever a difficult word such as "incognito" is introduced, the children are sent to their dictionaries to look it up. This technique flows well within the story, which is told mostly through dialogue. This is a fast-paced read, with Thomas's black-and-white drawings highlighting key moments. This sequel stands on its own, but readers may want to go back and learn how unique Gooney Bird Greene became a part of this classroom.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The irrepressible second grader returns, as flamboyant as ever, to offer more outrageous outfits, "absolutely true" yarns and such useful vocabulary words as "ennui" and "underestimate." All the while, she's wangling the role of Squanto in the Thanksgiving Pageant by recruiting a mysterious Room Mother, and also helping her gentle teacher Mrs. Pidgeon keep a roomful of rambunctious classmates on task with the pageant preparations. Larger than life and with a heart as big as her personality, Gooney Bird Greene will elicit gales of laughter, along with sighs of appreciation, from Suzy Kline and Junie B. Jones fans-as well as their parents-in this second winning, tongue-in-cheek outing. (Fiction. 7-9)
From the Publisher
"Larger than life and with a heart as big as her personality, Gooney Bird Greene will elicit gales of laughter, along with sighs of appreciation, from Suzy Kline and Junie B. Jones fans—as well as their parents—in this second winning, tongue-in-cheek outing."—Kirkus Reviews, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"This is a fast-paced read, with Thomas’s black-and-white drawings highlighting key moments. This sequel stands on its own, but readers may want to go back and learn how unique Gooney Bird Greene became a part of this classroom." School Library Journal

"The lively hero of the chapter book Gooney Bird Greene (2002) is back in her idyllic second-grade classroom, as the children get ready to celebrate a pageant of the First Thanksgiving."—Booklist Booklist, ALA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440421337
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Series:
Gooney Bird Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
185,546
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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