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Gooney Bird on the Map (Gooney Bird Greene) by [Lowry, Lois]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 8693 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MZN294
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Amazon Customer 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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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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Granddaughter loves Gooney since she was 5. Waits for each book. I bought her a U.S. map while I read her this book and she would find the state that was being mentioned. Also played famous state and city songs. She loved "Oklahoma!" Wonder if Lois Lowry was a teacher? She knows how to impart information in a fun, intriguing way.
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This book arrived yesterday and I was looking forward to it--for me and for my daughter who's in third grade. I have loved many of Lois Lowry's books. This book is an exception to that. My daughter saw the cover and didn't want to read it--she is very visual and I think the little girl looked weird to her. I asked her to read a few pages and she did, but then set it down. I asked her to read the book--hoping she'd get into it. She didn't. At the end of it, she said, "Mommy, I don't think this is a book you'd want me to read." I was surprised and asked why. After a rambling discussion with her, I realized I needed to sit down and read it before she and I could talk more.

I sat down with the book and was struck right away by the classroom atmosphere of Mrs. Pidgeon's 2nd grade class. As another reviewer put it well, it is a very "progressive" classroom. Students talk over and interrupt the teacher throughout the day. The teacher only got upset once that I remember. When Gooney Bird wants to go talk to the principal in the middle of class about an idea she suddenly has, the teacher says fine. Gooney Bird goes on her way, talks to the principal, and returns to the class with the go ahead for her idea. Her idea suddenly becomes the class' school project. The teacher eats lunch with the kids because she finds their conversations far more interesting than those in the teacher's lounge. The lines between teacher and student are extremely blurry in this book.

What my daughter said was that she didn't like the way the kids talked to each other and treated each other. She didn't think it was realistic for a classroom even though she's homeschooled. But, she knew that what happened in this class would never happen at Awanas or in her art class that she takes at co-op.
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I have to admit that this book sat around awhile before our youngest read it. She looked at it a couple of times, put it down and finally picked it up again after some prodding. Her review? eh.

And this from a voracious reader who is typically not shy with words. After some more prodding, she said it just wasn't as good as the other gooney bird books. Not sure she would have finished it if we hadn't asked.

When I looked through, I saw the same thing some other reviewers have noted. And that is that it sends a terribly bad message that interrupting a teacher and being bossy is a good thing. I think this is what our 9-year-old reacted against. It went against what she's been coached to do. It was uncomfortable. So from parent to kid: eh.
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