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Gooney the Fabulous (Gooney Bird Greene) Hardcover – April 30, 2007

5.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Gooney Bird Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Gooney Bird Greene returns for a third installment. Here, her second-grade class is learning about fables. In typical Gooney fashion, the precocious child takes over her classroom by suggesting that everyone write a new fable. Mrs. Pidgeon encourages her enthusiasm by letting her direct the project, and each subsequent chapter is dedicated to a student's work, including one fable about a T. rex done as a rap, concluding with, "Big mean nuthin' if you don't do school!" Given the age of these children, they are amazingly adept at writing, reading, and giving presentations, and they run into only minor glitches with their fables. While it is refreshing to hear from the other members of the class so clearly dominated by Gooney Bird, their creations lack the zest that hers usually have. Fortunately, her eccentric outfits and words of wisdom are peppered throughout to keep the story moving along while Thomas's characteristic black-and-white illustrations provide nice visuals. Full of new vocabulary words and information about fables, this slightly didactic first chapter book is a must for Gooney Bird fans.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Second-grader Gooney Bird Green returns in this story with a moral. After Miss Pidgeon reads her class an Aesop's fable, the kids write their own stories with a message. As in previous books, Gooney takes the lead, as much of a junior teacher as she is kid. The recitation of five or six original fables becomes a bit boring, but Lowry nicely individualizes her characters and gets readers interested in their problems. It will take good primary-grade readers to tackle this; it may work best as a read-aloud. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gooney Bird Greene
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061876691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618766918
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!
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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!
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Lois Lowery's GOONEY THE FABULOUS presents grades 2-5 with a fine easy reader telling of Mrs. Pidgeon, who has been reading fables to her second grade class. But Gooney Greene isn't content with hearing fables: what if each child creates his or her own fable and tells it to the class? Her idea sparks interest and new challenges in this latest Gooney story of a win-win girl's ideas.
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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.
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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.
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Your stories are the best of all gooney loves: adventures,telling stories and much more thank you for making these wonderful stories. The people that read your stories and their probably proud of you and and so am I 💝
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Gave this as a gift to my granddaughters. They love it. It's a book they request their mom and dad read to them over and over.
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we love Gooney bird. these are the best kids books. the character is so funny and inspiring.

Please Ms, Lowry, write more
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