Gooney the Fabulous

Gooney the Fabulous

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by Lois Lowry
     
 

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Mrs. Pidgeon has been reading Aesop’s fables to her second grade class. What’s a fable? Well, it’s a story that has animals as characters, and it teaches you something important, and . . . Once again it is Gooney Bird Greene who knows how to turn lessons into fun. She has an idea. A fabulous idea! What if each child creates his or her own fable, and

Overview

Mrs. Pidgeon has been reading Aesop’s fables to her second grade class. What’s a fable? Well, it’s a story that has animals as characters, and it teaches you something important, and . . . Once again it is Gooney Bird Greene who knows how to turn lessons into fun. She has an idea. A fabulous idea! What if each child creates his or her own fable, and tells it to the class? One by one Mrs. Pidgeon’s students create costumes and stories and morals and excitement. Everyone except Nicholas. What on earth is making Nicholas so unhappy? Leave it to Gooney Bird, of course, to help him solve his problem . . . in a truly fabulous way.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
In this third book about second grader Gooney Bird Greene, the class has been listening while their teacher, Mrs. Pidgeon reads fables by Aesop. Naturally, Gooney comes up with a fantastic idea to have the children write their very own fables and present them to the class. So begins an exciting time of writing, determining morals and putting together costumes. The children are wholeheartedly participating. But Nicholas is most unhappy and does not want to be part of the activities. Quirky Gooney (who comes to class wearing outlandish outfits) manages to save the day with her creative solution to form a partnership with Nicholas and make a joint presentation to the class. The black and white illustrations cleverly and realistically portray the children and their situations. However, the text is not always compatible with the pictures, and may prove disconcerting to the reader. Hopefully this will be corrected in the final version of the book. Newly independent readers are sure to enjoy this highly entertaining and accurate account of their school activities.
School Library Journal

Gr 1–3
Gooney Bird Greene returns for a third installment. Here, her second-grade class is learning about fables. In typical Gooney fashion, the precocious child takes over her classroom by suggesting that everyone write a new fable. Mrs. Pidgeon encourages her enthusiasm by letting her direct the project, and each subsequent chapter is dedicated to a student's work, including one fable about a T. rex done as a rap, concluding with, "Big mean nuthin' if you don't do school!" Given the age of these children, they are amazingly adept at writing, reading, and giving presentations, and they run into only minor glitches with their fables. While it is refreshing to hear from the other members of the class so clearly dominated by Gooney Bird, their creations lack the zest that hers usually have. Fortunately, her eccentric outfits and words of wisdom are peppered throughout to keep the story moving along while Thomas's characteristic black-and-white illustrations provide nice visuals. Full of new vocabulary words and information about fables, this slightly didactic first chapter book is a must for Gooney Bird fans.
—Julie RoachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
If Aesop met Gooney Bird Greene, what would result? Fabulous fables, of course. In her third appearance, Gooney Bird instigates a fun class project when her second-grade teacher reads them Aesop's fables. Each student chooses an animal whose name begins with the first letter of his or her first name and then writes a fable about it. Personalities are revealed in each report along with home experiences and insecurities: Malcolm has baby triplets at home and repeats everything three times; Tyrone raps; Felicia Ann lisps. A black-and-white drawing in each of the 13 chapters offers bits of visual interest. Gooney's outlandish outfits, take-charge (even bossy) attitude and boisterous spirit continue to be humorously likable-and fabulous. No doubt there'll be a fourth; meanwhile, this one offers a clever writing exercise for a class. (Fiction. 7-10)
From the Publisher
[Gooney's] eccentric outfits and words of wisdom are peppered throughout to keep the story moving along while Thomas's characteristic black-and-white illustrations provide nice visuals. Full of new vocabulary words and information about fables . . . a must for Gooney Bird fans.
School Library Journal

Lowry nicely individualizes her characters and gets readers interested in their problems.
Booklist, ALA

If Aesop met Gooney Bird Greene, what would result? Fabulous fables, of course. . . . Gooney's outlandish outfits, take-charge (even bossy) attitude and boisterous spirit continue to be humorously likable—and fabulous. No doubt there'll be a fourth; meanwhile, this one offers a clever writing exercise for a class.
Kirkus Reviews

"The irrepressible Gooney Bird Green returns to entertain youngsters." Dallas Morning News 7/1/07 Dallas Morning News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547344744
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Series:
Gooney Bird Greene , #3
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
376,477
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
File size:
25 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
[Gooney's] eccentric outfits and words of wisdom are peppered throughout to keep the story moving along while Thomas's characteristic black-and-white illustrations provide nice visuals. Full of new vocabulary words and information about fables . . . a must for Gooney Bird fans.
School Library Journal

Lowry nicely individualizes her characters and gets readers interested in their problems.
Booklist, ALA

If Aesop met Gooney Bird Greene, what would result? Fabulous fables, of course. . . . Gooney's outlandish outfits, take-charge (even bossy) attitude and boisterous spirit continue to be humorously likable—and fabulous. No doubt there'll be a fourth; meanwhile, this one offers a clever writing exercise for a class.
Kirkus Reviews

"The irrepressible Gooney Bird Green returns to entertain youngsters." Dallas Morning News 7/1/07 Dallas Morning News

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.

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Gooney the Fabulous 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Across from the High Log was another cave burried under the roots of a pine, this cave splits into two main branches. The branches open open up into two large dens, smaller nests dapple one cave while larger, and fuller nests dapple the other. ~Warrior's Den and Apprentice's Den~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great