on April 15, 2015
Ignore the cover art (assuming you find it as off-putting as I do), this is a really good book. My 10 year old loved it. She found the fables interesting, and liked that one character told his as a rap. She read me parts of it and it was funny and clever. It opened up some very nice conversations about what a fable and moral is and about the meaning of several of the fables. Even encouraged her to create her own fable.
She's a kid who doesn't really love to read, and she said, with suprise, "Mom, I really LIKE reading this book. It's funny and intersting." Woo hoo! A winner, for sure!
on March 15, 2014
Every Gooney Bird book has a writing going on of some kind...fables, poetry, play, etc. Lois Lowry works in so naturally. My kids love Gooney Bird and the other kids in the class as well, with the array of characters there's one each student can relate to...I was surprised to learn from a YouTube interview that the author was not like Gooney Bird as a child, she was the quiet kid that looked at the floor. Gooney is a keeper!
on October 5, 2011
I wish my daughter's best friend was Gooney Bird Greene because she would always be having an adventure doing everyday stuff. I read this book and it's sequel to my 4 year-old-daughter, and being a former teacher, found the characters were very realistic. It has good messages, teaching moments and is fun to read.
on January 2, 2016
The Gooneybird Greene series by Lois Lowry are excellent both for teaching aspects of writing and for teaching children about celebrating their own individuality. They also happen to be very entertaining reads and great fun to share. This book teaches children about fables, and Gooneybird's class make up animal fables about animals that begin with the first letter of their own name. These are perfect chapter or transitional books and are really wonderful for newly confident readers or to use in a classroom setting.