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Gooney Bird and the Room Mother (Gooney Bird Greene) by [Lowry, Lois]
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Length: 82 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Gooney Bird likes to be "right smack in the middle of everything" in Mrs. Pidgeon's second-grade class. The children are preparing for the Thanksgiving pageant (with Indians in feather headbands) and they are in desperate need of a room mother as all of the parents have refused. When Mrs. Pidgeon decides that the lead role of Squanto will go to the student who can come up with one, Gooney Bird comes to the rescue. She tells the class the story of how she convinced someone to take the job. The only catch is that this person wants to remain incognito until the big day. In Gooney Bird Greene (Houghton, 2002), Lowry used Gooney Bird's stories to introduce the different elements of storytelling. The focus in this sequel is the meaning of words. Whenever a difficult word such as "incognito" is introduced, the children are sent to their dictionaries to look it up. This technique flows well within the story, which is told mostly through dialogue. This is a fast-paced read, with Thomas's black-and-white drawings highlighting key moments. This sequel stands on its own, but readers may want to go back and learn how unique Gooney Bird Greene became a part of this classroom.–Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2-4. The lively hero of the chapter book Gooney Bird Greene (2002) is back in her idyllic second-grade classroom, as the children get ready to celebrate a pageant of the First Thanksgiving. Dressed in various exuberant outfits, Gooney is in charge, and she even shows her wonderful teacher a thing or two. Gooney Bird's focus is on the wonder of words--from cajole and ennui to fiasco. Her special word is incognito, because she has arranged to get a room mother for the class, whose identity must be kept secret until the day of the pageant. Relaxed black-and-white illustrations capture the diverse classroom. The lessons are fun (including the history of Squanto), as are the classroom characters. Best of all is the story, which builds to a tense, beautiful climax as the identity of the room mother is revealed. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • File Size: 5673 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440421330
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 4, 2005)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2005
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KK5DRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Gooney Bird Greene is a precocious second grader who loves to be "right smack in the middle of everything." Gooney has her own colorful and unusual sense of fashion, which includes wearing mismatched socks, elbow-length gloves, straw hats with flowers and silver wet-look ski pants. Her high-spirited personality stands out when she's telling her "absolutely true" stories, and she has no problem being the center of attention. This is a youngster with incredible self-esteem.

Gooney Bird also shares a few challenging vocabulary words with her class and obtains dictionaries for every class member so they can check out the meaning of new words.

Mrs. Pidgeon's class also needs a room mother. But with all the children's parents otherwise occupied, no parents are prepared to bring cupcakes to the Thanksgiving pageant. Gooney Bird promises to find a room mother if she is given the lead in the Thanksgiving pageant. There is also another rule: The room mother will remain incognito.

The suspense builds as we wait to learn if the Thanksgiving pageant is a success and who is the mysterious room mother.

Gooney Bird and the Room Mother is a charming book that 6-to-10-year-olds will read again and again. Gooney Bird is comical; her teacher is every child's dream teacher. And the room mother, well you'll have to read the book to learn about the room mother.
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These are the best stories to spark ideas. My students get ideas from listening to these stories via Audible while we read the book on the projector via Kindle cloud reader. These great stories inspire my students to write and create adventures of their own. The writing is delicious and fun and illustrations help the reader, but they don't over power the narrative in any way like some of the elementary books do. We LOVE the narrator Lee Adams, she is wonderful, and helps to make these characters come alive even more.
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Not as great as Gooney Bird Greene, Gooney Bird the Absurd or Gooney Bird the Fabulous. Those others had great wit, lessons on writing stories, fables, and poetry. This one had a weak plot, and some unsavory remarks about stinky socks, unlike in the other books where the children were always supportive of one another.
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I bought this book for my 7 year old daughter to read and she finished all but the last chapter in one sitting! It is sometimes very difficult to find a series that she enjoys enough to read of her own accord, and this one has definitely been her favourite so far.This is her 3rd Gooney Bird book, and she will get her fourth one in her Christmas stocking, which I know she will be thrilled to receive. We first discovered Lois Lowry's funny and engaging books about a quirky and very likeable 2nd grade little girl, unusually named Gooney Bird, when I bought one on a Kindle daily deal, and now I wish the author had written more!
When I asked my daughter if she used the Kindle dictionary to look up any words that she didn't know, she told me that she didn't need to, because all of the hard words' definitions were explained to Gooney Bird's class as part of the story! Hopefully the book will have the added benefit of increasing her vocabulary!
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gooney bird and the room mother was the best book i have ever read in my whole life. my favorite part was when the room mother said happy thanksgiving. (This was read and written by my seven year old granddaughter who reads on my Kindle often.)
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I teach first grade and read Gooney Bird books aloud to my class. We love the books. We all know these are works of fiction and that classrooms in real life don't work like Gooney Bird's. We are drawn to Gooney Bird's big heart and confidence.
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Format: Hardcover
Gooney Bird Green is in search of the perfect room mother for her second grade class. The teacher has set up a contest. The person who finds the class a room mother will get to be Squanto in the Thanksgiving play. Join Gooney Bird in her search. You will be surprised to find out who she finds to fill the role!

The book was very funny.

I would recommend this book. It's a must read for all Lois Lowry Fans.
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My third graders love all of the Gooney Bird books, so when we realized there was one we were missing, I just had to order it. This book teaches about dictionary use. Another great addition to the Gooney Bird series!
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