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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gooney Bird
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547556225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547556222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gooney Bird doesn't need much help putting herself on the map. She'll be famous for years to come."-Kirkus

"In this fifth book in the series, Lowry deals with the ticklish classroom issue of students gloating about vacations. She (and Mrs. Pidgeon and Gooney Bird) handle it well, helping young readers reflect on the competitive chatter that often strains the fabric of a class right before holidays."-Horn Book 

"Witty and perceptive in equal measure, the book features fine-tuned dialogue, kid-friendly illustrations, and a strongly realized classroom setting." -Booklist

About the Author

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.


Middy Thomas is a native Mainer. She loves all forms of art and works in all mediums, from painting to printing to sculpture. Ms. Thomas also teaches two art classes a week in her studio.

More About 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

author interview
A CONVERSATION WITH LOIS LOWRY ABOUT THE GIVER

Q. When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

A. I cannot remember ever not wanting to be a writer.

Q. What inspired you to write The Giver?

A. Kids always ask what inspired me to write a particular book or how did I get an idea for a particular book, and often it's very easy to answer that because books like the Anastasia books come from a specific thing; some little event triggers an idea. But a book like The Giver is a much more complicated book, and therefore it comes from much more complicated places--and many of them are probably things that I don't even recognize myself anymore, if I ever did. So it's not an easy question to answer.

I will say that the whole concept of memory is one that interests me a great deal. I'm not sure why that is, but I've always been fascinated by the thought of what memory is and what it does and how it works and what we learn from it. And so I think probably that interest of my own and that particular subject was the origin, one of many, of The Giver.

Q. How did you decide what Jonas should take on his journey?

A. Why does Jonas take what he does on his journey? He doesn't have much time when he sets out. He originally plans to make the trip farther along in time, and he plans to prepare for it better. But then, because of circumstances, he has to set out in a very hasty fashion. So what he chooses is out of necessity. He takes food because he needs to survive. He takes the bicycle because he needs to hurry and the bike is faster than legs. And he takes the baby because he is going out to create a future. And babies always represent the future in the same way children represent the future to adults. And so Jonas takes the baby so the baby's life will be saved, but he takes the baby also in order to begin again with a new life.

Q. When you wrote the ending, were you afraid some readers would want more details or did you want to leave the ending open to individual interpretation?

A. Many kids want a more specific ending to The Giver. Some write, or ask me when they see me, to spell it out exactly. And I don't do that. And the reason is because The Giver is many things to many different people. People bring to it their own complicated beliefs and hopes and dreams and fears and all of that. So I don't want to put my own feelings into it, my own beliefs, and ruin that for people who create their own endings in their minds.

Q. Is it an optimistic ending? Does Jonas survive?

A. I will say that I find it an optimistic ending. How could it not be an optimistic ending, a happy ending, when that house is there with its lights on and music is playing? So I'm always kind of surprised and disappointed when some people tell me that they think the boy and the baby just die. I don't think they die. What form their new life takes is something I like people to figure out for themselves. And each person will give it a different ending. I think they're out there somewhere and I think that their life has changed and their life is happy, and I would like to think that's true for the people they left behind as well.

Q. In what way is your book Gathering Blue a companion to The Giver?

A. Gathering Blue postulates a world of the future, as The Giver does. I simply created a different kind of world, one that had regressed instead of leaping forward technologically as the world of The Giver has. It was fascinating to explore the savagery of such a world. I began to feel that maybe it coexisted with Jonas's world . . . and that therefore Jonas could be a part of it in a tangential way. So there is a reference to a boy with light eyes at the end of Gathering Blue. He can be Jonas or not, as you wish.

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Perfect for a young reader who likes to listen to books, or a who is ready to read chapter books.
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What my daughter said was that she didn't like the way the kids talked to each other and treated each other.
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It is an experience that neither I nor my children could empathize with, so it doesn't seem realistic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VReviews VINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
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This is the fifth installment in the `Gooney Bird' series from award winning author Lois Lowry. So I felt pretty confident, despite the fact I hadn't read the first four books, that this young reader's chapter book would be a great new addition to my classroom library. I was wrong.

On several levels this book fails. First and foremost the adults in this elementary school tale are portrayed as dolts, who not only fail to teach, they fail to even realize they aren't teaching. The teacher, Mrs. Pidgeon is forever deferring the class day to Gooney Bird, an eclectic know-it-all 2nd grader who drives her classmates, teacher, and principal to follow her sudden ideas with no questions. Sounds like it might be funny, but it most assuredly is not. In fact the majority of the book is made up of the most banal dialogue, offering neither good vocabulary building, nor plot development to learn from.

Gooney Bird comes off as an over-indulged and irritating kids who interrupts, talks down to, and ignores the adults and students around her. The other students are simply caricatures of people whose personalities are stereotyped by their ethnic names. There's Keiko, the shy little Asian girl who must work in her parents store, has an uncle who owns a Japanese restaurant, and is actually called, "Sweet Thing" by not only the teacher, but also by Gooney Bird. There's Tyrone, who raps in class, and can't seem to calm down. Then there's the custodian, Mr. Furillo, who must be lead around by Gooney Bird as if he were a simpleton, to paint a map and compass rose in the snow.

Yes, painting in the snow, for that is the great idea Gooney Bird has; to paint a map of the places a few of the students are going to on vacation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan W. Johnson VINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
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This is my first Gooney Bird book, and, admittedly, probably my last. Although the idea of the story was sweet, I was a bit taken aback by how precocious the students in the story were and a bit dismayed that the students seemed to run the teacher's classroom and were able to disrupt her teaching schedule too easily. I found the main character, Gooney Bird, flat and uninspiring, more of a mouthpiece for the ideas of the author than a true character within the book. I did read the book aloud to my 5 yr old grandson, but it didn't hold his interest. The story had an educational tilt to it (U.S. States), and a quick morality lesson (don't gloat), but neither was enough to draw the reader (or listener) in. Having read other works of Louis Lowry, I was sorely disappointed in this unexciting work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monique VINE VOICE on October 20, 2011
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Apparently, this is the 5th book in a series of Gooney Bird books, although this is the first book I've had the pleasure to read. It will not be the last. Gooney Bird is in Mrs. Pidgeon's 2nd grade class, and it's a 2nd grade class unlike any I've ever seen!

Mrs. Pidgeon allows her to interrupt the class, leads class discussions, and determine class projects. It's hilarious, its fun, and she dos absolutely provide learning experiences and random geographical and historical facts to her classmates and the readers.

If you have a young reader who is ready for chapter books, you just can't seem to get interested in reading, putting a book like this in front of him (or her) may change that. Obviously, you'll have to get him (or her) to open the book first, but from the very first page he (or she) will be hooked. Plus, this book still contains illustrations, which also keep children interested.

I plan on getting the rest of the series for my daughters. My 7 year old 2nd grader has started reading the book and loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazonbuyer on November 26, 2011
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First, I have to admit that I selected this book based upon the appealing cover artwork and title. Unfortunately I didn't care for the prose nor Gooney Bird's "voice".

I understand that many people like this series and that I am in the minority. I was really hoping that the Gooney Bird series would my "cup of tea", but she did not capture me.

I don't feel too badly though because my nine year old students said they "didn't think it was very exciting" and that "the characters were sort of dull and didn't have much adventure." I have to say that I concur. Maybe it is just this particular book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maura Ann Rubies VINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
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This book seemed to be an innocuous glimpse into the experiences of a fictitious second-grade class. Unfortunately, it is marred by the baffling addition of Ebonics from its African-American character, Tyrone.

Pros:

The actual book appears to be made of good quality paper with attention to detail. It has white pages (preferred by daughter rather than the beige). It has several black/white/grey scale drawings woven throughout the various areas of text (also has outline of hearts drawn in the bottom corners of the number pages).

This was an easy read for my child, actually having some semblance of learning (including a bit of basic math and map skills). The story SEEMED to be devoid of controversial content. Unlike the protagonists of other books on a comparable reading level, I was relieved that this one (Gooney Bird) and her friends appeared to be respectful children without tons of rebellious ATTITUDE.

Cons:

I found the character Tyrone to be an offensive stereotype. Our daughter immediately pointed out the broken, distorted language, ie. Ebonics. It was more than "U the man," it went into "u be..." & "bust you in the chops!" territory. This boy raps and "wiggle(s) his hips" (as described by the author) on at least two occasions. His "dance" in class is also illustrated in a full-page drawing. The children sometimes parrot his Ebonic "rap" phrases, which I did not find to be a funny display of acceptable behavior. For example, in response to a teacher's math question, Tyrone says, "Lie to the cops and they bust you in the chops." The kids then repeat the "bust you in the chops," bit.

In Conclusion:

I considered giving this book one star.
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