The Resource Gooney Bird Greene, Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Middy Thomas

Gooney Bird Greene, Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Middy Thomas

Label
Gooney Bird Greene
Title
Gooney Bird Greene
Statement of responsibility
Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Middy Thomas
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name
Member of
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (Oregon), 2005.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2003
Review
  • Gr. 2-5. Veteran author Lowry produces a laugh-out-loud chapter book with a lead character who could easily be the younger sister of Spinelli’s Stargirl (2000). Gooney Bird appears in Mrs. Pidgeon’s second-grade class one October, asking for a desk “right smack in the middle of the room” because she likes to be in the middle of everything. She dresses the part, too: it’s pj’s and cowboy boots that first day, green stretch pants, a polka-dot T-shirt, and a tutu the next. And she loves to tell stories, every bit of them “absolutely true,” from the tale of how she got her name to how she got her diamond earrings (gumball prizes) from the prince. The tales themselves, about moving, pets, and neighbors, are multilayered. They not only amuse but also illustrate characteristics of good storytelling. Before she’s done, our heroine has even found ways to elicit stories from her classmates, from silent Felicia Ann to twitchy Barry. Quite a debut. (Reviewed September 1, 2002) -- GraceAnne DeCandido
  • Gr 1-3 –Second-grader Gooney Bird Greene is new to Watertower Elementary School. She tells fantastic stories, which are "always absolutely true." Her clothes are always unusual, ranging from pajamas with cowboy boots to a pink tutu over green stretch pants. In seven chapters, she captivates her classmates with her wild tales about "How Gooney Bird Came from China on a Flying Carpet" and "The Prince, the Palace, and the Diamond Earrings." She assumes the role of the teacher as she fields the class's questions about storytelling. The students learn that stories have main characters and secondary characters, and that using the word "suddenly" gets people's attention. In the last chapter, she takes off her props, an orange fur jacket and a cowhide purse, which she used to tell how her cat fell in love with a cow, and assures her peers that everyone has all sorts of stories to tell. While the "voice" of Gooney Bird is supposed to be that of a second grader, it sounds more like an adult talking through her. Most of the time, she sounds just like the teacher. The cleverly titled stories could spark children's interest in writing their own stories. This isn't one of Lowry's best, but it's a useful read-aloud.–Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT --Janet M. Bair (Reviewed November 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 11, p129)
  • Two-time Newbery Medalist Lowry (The Giver ; Number the Stars ) introduces a feisty, friendly heroine in this light novel. Readers know immediately that red-haired, freckle-face Gooney Bird Greene is as unorthodox as her name: wearing pajamas and cowboy boots, she arrives at the door of her new second-grade classroom all alone, "without even a mother to introduce her." She announces she has just moved from China (which turns out to be the name of a town, not the country) and demands "a desk right smack in the middle of the room, because I like to be right smack in the middle of everything." Dressed each day in another eccentric outfit, she relays to the class a series of stories that are "absolutely true"—even though they initially seem anything but. Stretching the facts creatively through some wily wordplay, Gooney Bird explains how she spent time in jail (while playing Monopoly), acquired diamond earrings at a palace (they came from a gumball machine in an ice cream shop called The Palace) and directed a symphony orchestra (she directed the lost driver of the bus transporting musicians to the auditorium). Interruptions from curious classmates heighten the fun. Never mind the dubious likelihood that a second-grader would possess such command of language and pithy delivery; youngsters will likely hope that Gooney Bird has enough tales stored in her fertile imagination to fill another volume. Final artwork not seen by PW . Ages 6-10. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 12, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 32, p300)
  • Gooney Bird Greene (with a silent E) is not your average second grader. She arrives in Mrs. Pidgeon's class announcing: "I'm your new student and I just moved here from China. I want a desk right smack in the middle of the room, because I like to be right smack in the middle of everything." Everything about her is unusual and mysterious—her clothes, hairstyles, even her lunches. Since the second graders have never met anyone like Gooney Bird, they want to hear more about her. Mrs. Pidgeon has been talking to the class about what makes a good story, so it stands to reason that Gooney will get her chance. She tells a series of stories that explain her name, how she came from China on a flying carpet, how she got diamond earrings at the prince's palace, and why she was late for school (because she was directing a symphony orchestra). And her stories are "absolutely true." Actually, they are explainable and mesh precisely with the teacher's lesson, more important, they are a clever device that exemplify the elements of good storytelling and writing and also demonstrate how everyone can turn everyday events into stories. Savvy teachers should take note and add this to their shelf of "how a story is made" titles. Gooney Bird's stories are printed in larger type than the narrative and the black-and-white drawings add the right touch of sauciness (only the cover is in color). A hybrid of Harriet, Blossom, and Anastasia, irrepressible Gooney Bird is that rare bird in children's fiction: one that instantly becomes an amusing and popular favorite. (Fiction. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
102861
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lowry, Lois
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Reading level
3.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1931-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Thomas, Middy Chilman
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Gooney Bird
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Storytelling
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Gooney Bird Greene, Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Middy Thomas
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Some issues published by Paw Prints
  • Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
88 pages
Isbn
9781439582879
Lccn
bl2004001820
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780440419600
  • 071009005501
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Gooney Bird Greene, Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Middy Thomas
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Some issues published by Paw Prints
  • Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
88 pages
Isbn
9781439582879
Lccn
bl2004001820
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780440419600
  • 071009005501
Other physical details
illustrations

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