Officer Buckle & Gloria

Officer Buckle & Gloria

by Peggy Rathmann


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ISBN-13: 9780399226168
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 27,290
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Caldecott-medalist Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters.

"In the summer we lolled in plastic wading pools guzzling Kool-Aid. In the winter we sculpted giant snow animals. It was a good life."

Ms. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, then attended colleges everywhere, changing her major repeatedly. She eventually earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

"I wanted to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a class in signing, I realized what I'd rather do was draw pictures of gorillas."

Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.

"I spent the first three weeks of my writing class at Otis Parsons filching characters from my classmates' stories. Finally, the teacher convinced me that even a beginning writer can create an original character if the character is driven by the writer's most secret weirdness. Eureka! A little girl with a passion for plagiarism! I didn't want anyone to know it was me, so I made the character look like my sister."

The resulting book, Ruby the Copycat, earned Ms. Rathmann the "Most Promising New Author" distinction in Publishers Weekly's 1991 annual Cuffie Awards. In 1992 she illustrated Bootsie Barker Bites for Barbara Bottner, her teacher at Otis Parsons.

A homework assignment produced an almost wordless story, Good Night, Gorilla, inspired by a childhood memory.

"When I was little, the highlight of the summer was running barefoot through the grass, in the dark, screaming. We played kick-the-can, and three-times-around-the-house, and sometimes we just stood staring into other people's picture windows, wondering what it would be like to go home to someone else's house."

That story, however, was only nineteen pages long, and everyone agreed that the ending was a dud. Two years and ten endings later, Good Night, Gorilla was published and recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994.

The recipient of the 1996 Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria, is the story of a school safety officer upstaged by his canine partner.

"We have a videotape of my mother chatting in the dining room while, unnoticed by her or the cameraman, the dog is licking every poached egg on the buffet. The next scene shows the whole family at the breakfast table, complimenting my mother on the delicious poached eggs. The dog, of course, is pretending not to know what a poached egg is. The first time we watched that tape we were so shocked, we couldn't stop laughing. I suspect that videotape had a big influence on my choice of subject matter."

Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco, in an apartment she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of ants.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Officer Buckle & Gloria 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
"The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches."
ENeal on LibraryThing 3 months ago
¿Officer Buckle and Gloria¿ by Peggy Rathmann is a Caldecott Medal Winner. It is about Officer Buckle who knows everything about safety and is always making up safety rules/tips. He teaches at schools but none of the students really pay attention to him until he get a do named Gloria. Suddenly all the student love when he comes because Officer Buckle brings Gloria.This is a cute book. It is not my favorite because there are some parts of the book that is a little slow. It is a good book to show children that even if the attention of everyone else is not on you there is no need to get upset. The person/thing that is getting all the attention could be their best friend and it is not worth loosing a friend over.Extension could be used the first day of school or any other time when children/students are struggling with jealousy.
CTieyah on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a picture book that won the Caldecott Medal Award in 1996. It is about a police officer who specializes in safety tips and gives speeches to children at school. The children never listen however, until Officer Buckle gets a partner. Gloria, the new police dog starts accompanying Officer Buckle to his speeches and captures the attention of the students. When Officer Buckle finds out what Gloria is doing by watching one of his speeches on television, he is not happy and refuses to give any more safety tips. Gloria goes by herself to the school, but falls asleep on stage. That is when the school has the biggest accident ever and Officer Buckle realizes that always sticking with your buddy is the best safety tip yet.This was a cute story, not to mention the pictures! The illustrations were great, I like how big and colorful they were. My daughter loves this story (which means I have to go buy it now). Kids that have dogs at home can relate to this story because they see their dogs behave and listen when told to do something, but who knows what they are doing when you are not looking at them! They can also see the importance of listening and paying attention to police officers and safety tips.While reading the story, I would ask the children about the different safety tips mentioned and why they might be important to follow. After the story, the class could list all the different safety tips they know. They could cut out stars and write their tips on them, like the book.
stharp on LibraryThing 3 months ago
What an excellent realistic fiction! This book was so much fun to read. Since dogs are easily trained it most certainly is plausible for Gloria to have pulled the tricks that she did while Officer Buckle gave his talks. The characterization in this book is exceptional. The way that the children write the letters is adorable and makes it all the better to read the rest of the story to see how it all turns out.
cjfox73 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Kids will love the humor and the lessons and morals are good. Illustrations are especially clever and funny.
EricaD on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I loved this book and I think kids would enjoy it too. The illustrations were excellent and went well with the story.
LyndaHuntley on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Officer Buckle teaches safety tips to an uninterested audience until a dog named Gloria goes with him to give a speech. This is when the fun begins. Gloria is hysterical. She performs what happens when students do not follow safety rules. The children are mesmerized and laugh. At the end of the performance the children cheer wildly. Officer Buckle thinks that the students are actually begin to listen to him because the student are not having accidents. When he sees what Gloria is doing on television he realizes that the children are laughing at Gloria's stunts. He is so disappointed that the students are actually watching Gloria. He doesn't feel needed any more until she performs without him. He is shocked when students send Officer Buckle notes showing what happened after Gloria went by herself. He decides it is best if he performs with her. This is a very entertaining and fun book. I would use this book in Kindergarten through second grade. There are so many possible themes that can be used such as safety, friendship and performing. The pictures are very funny. This is a great way to introduce students about safety rules.
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Merrybest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few books for children that are truly humorous. Recommended by our Port Washington Children's librarian, all who read it (adults and children alike) love it.
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jb70 More than 1 year ago
Not a new book by any means, but a fun one I use at the beginning of the school year to talk about rules in a fun way. Gloria acts out each of Officer Buckle's safety tips like never stand on a swivel chair and gets and keeps the children's attention. After reading it at school we discussed the rules we were going to have for our classroom to be safe and have fun at school while learning.
daanielle More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that is not only entertaining for children to read but also teaches them valueable life lessons. This classic children's book shows readers the importance of safety and friendship. Upon closer look at the illustrations in this book readers will love seeing how the pictures on each page fit perfectly with the page's words. There is not one spot on each page of this book that children not want will look at and be entertained. This humorously entertaining book is great for both parents and children to read together. I recommend this book to teachers of young students due to its concentration on the value of the buddy system as well as the importance of safety.
Liam_Morrison More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite kids' books--one of those a parent can read over and over and still enjoy (and the kids still enjoy it as well). There are so many little jokes hidden on nearly every page, so much humor and truth, even a wee bit of pathos for Officer Buckle (soon resolved). Absolutely extraordinary, graphically, as well. If I could give it 15 stars I would.
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We first found this book in the library and liked it so much we had to buy it. It is a cute story. My boys love it. It is also a fun way to talk about safety tips with your children.
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Officer Buckle is a police officer that goes to the schools and gives lectures on safety. The children never listen to him and always fall asleep. One day Officer Buckle gets a partner. The police department gets a new dog, Gloria. She is assigned to be Officer Buckle¿s partner. Now when Officer Buckle goes to the schools the children sit up and pay attention. They even applaud when the lecture is over. Officer Buckle is very happy. He does not know that Gloria was behind him doing tricks while he was talking. He gets several letters and invitations to go schools for safety lectures. Will he ever find out what Gloria is doing? This book has very bright and energetic pictures. The use of colors is great. There is a contrast between darks and lights that seem to bring the book to life. I would give this book a big two thumbs up. Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul Minnesota. She was raised on a farm with her two brothers and two sisters. She did not know what she wanted to do when she grew up. She went to several different colleges and changed her major several times. She finally found that she loved to write and illustrate children¿s books. She is now married and lives in Nicasio, Ca. Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York: Putnam¿s, c1995. Reading Level 3.4
Guest More than 1 year ago
Officer Buckle knew all about safety and wanted to teach everyone else about safety. No one in Napville listened to Officer Buckle until he got a police dog by the name of Gloria. Gloria did things that made learning safety fun but it caused problems between her and Officer Buckle. What was Gloria doing and what did Officer Buckle do?The age level for this book is 4-8. This book is a fantasy fiction.Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. NY: GP Putman's Sons. 1995.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peggy Rathmann did a wonderful job with the book Officer Buckle and Gloria. I am sure many children have enjoyed reading it. It's a fun educational book filled with safety tips for children, and of course, there not fun to learn if you do not have your best friend. All throughout the book Officer Buckle is yelling out safety tips such as ¿Never stand on a swivel chair, Always keep your shoelaces tied.' However, the main important one was ¿Always stick with your buddy,' and that¿s one of the lessons taught in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had a misunderstanding with a friend and realized that you can¿t live without each other? Officer Buckle was a police officer at the local police station that around schools giving safety tips to children, but the children seem uninterested and not listening. Then one day officer Buckle gets a dog name Gloria for a partner, he takes Gloria with him from school to school realizing that for the first time everyone is listening to his safety tips. What Officer Buckle didn¿t know until he sees himself on TV was that they were amused by Gloria and not him. He was so disappointed and hurt that he stopped giving his safety tips. Gloria and everyone in town were saddened and miss both officer Buckle and Gloria working as a team. Officer Buckle herd of so many accidents happening that he and Gloria work everything out and returned to share their safety tips. Awesome book for children to read, when they fell they have been let down. Rathmann does a great job of throwing in some safety tips along the way! Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons, 1995
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers comedy and a moral. The illustrations of Gloria doing her tricks are comical especially for children. The story teaches that it¿s great to have a buddy. Officer Buckle is an expert of safety. He makes safety speeches at schools. The children are not interested in his speeches until he brings along a police dog named Gloria. Officer Buckle thinks he is not important anymore and stops doing the speeches. Can Gloria do the speeches alone?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before Gloria the dog came along, Officer Buckle and his safety tips were always ignored. But, as soon as Gloria started going with Officer Buckle when he made his safety speeches, the children started paying more attention to both Officer Buckle and Gloria, but especially Gloria (for she was doing tricks onstage behind his back). Officer Buckle didn¿t know it at the time, but Gloria was the reason that the children were paying more attention when he spoke. However, when Officer Buckle learned the truth about what Gloria was doing, he thought that no one really cared about what he was saying, and he stopped giving his speeches. He wasn¿t happy and neither was Gloria. Then, one day, a disaster occurred which changed both Officer Buckle¿s and Gloria¿s lives forever. Officer Buckle and Gloria is a great book for children of all ages. This book uses humor to teach some very important safety lessons such as ¿Never stand on a swivel chair¿ and ¿Keep your shoelaces tied¿. There is also another big lesson in this book, ¿Always stick with your buddy!¿ For, in many cases, two buddies can do together what one person cannot do alone. These are very important lessons that everyone needs to learn, and this book makes it fun to learn them. Peggy Rathmann lives in Nicasio, California with her husband and a bunch of birds. She had a hard time deciding on a major, until she started wring children¿s books based on her both herself and her own childhood experiences. Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York: G. P. Putnam¿s Sons, 1995. RL: Ages 5-8, Grades K-3
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Officer Buckle, he never seems to get a break until Gloria, the police dog shows up. Officer Buckle was always having accidents, so he knew more safety tips than anyone in Napville. He gave speeches at the local school, but the only good that come from that, was some naptime. Then Gloria arrived and everything began to change. The children began to love his his speech, 'the children clapped their hands and cheered. Some of them laughed until they cried.' Little did he know what Gloria was doing behind his back. The author, Peggy Rathmann, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, were she grew up with her two brothers and two sisters. She graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota. She attended colleges everywhere, changing her major often. Until she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in psychology. Later on in life she began to study commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Her first book was Ruby the Copycat. She went on to receive the Caldecott Medal for Officer Buckle and Gloria in 1996. This book doesn't even need words. The illustrations are enough. They will keep you laughing with all the stunts the dog attempts. The book conveys a cute message throughout the story that soon becomes one of his safety tips. The tip is to 'always stick with your buddy.' A cute, funny story, that is definitely worth checking out. I enjoyed the book tremendously and has become one of my top ten children's book. Grade:2nd Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995.