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on June 11, 2000
You probably know someone like Officer Buckle. He knows more about safety than anyone else in Napville, and he's more than willing to share his expertise. If only someone would listen. Instead, when Officer Buckle delivers his litany of safety tips at Napville schools, some of the kids fly paper airplanes in the auditorium. Some of the kids fall asleep. Nobody pays attention. Worst of all, they do the exact things he warned them against.
That all changes when Gloria, the new police dog, joins Officer Buckle for one of his safety lectures. As far as Officer Buckle knows, Gloria just sits next to him on stage and smiles. But the moment his back is turned, she's acting out each of his safety tips -- such as "NEVER leave a THUMBTACK where you might SIT on it!" Not only are the kids paying attention, they're laughing, cheering, and -- best of all -- putting into practice what they learn in the lecture! Suddenly every school in town wants a safety lecture.
Everything goes well until Officer Buckle catches a story about their lectures on the 10 o'clock news. There he is on TV, pronouncing safety tip ninety nine ("Don't go swimming during an electrical storm") with as much emphasis as he can muster, and there's Gloria, stealing the show. Not only does that incident lead to safety tip one hundred ("Never turn your back on a strange dog"), but it signals the end of Officer Buckle's association with Gloria.
Gloria does the next safety lecture on her own, and it's so boring even she falls asleep. Afterwards, the school has it's worst accident ever. Officer Buckle and Gloria realize they need each other to get their safety message across. As Officer Buckle says in safety tip one hundred and one, "Always work with a buddy."
The sight gags in Peggy Rathmann's illustrations helped earn this book a Caldecott Medal. They also contain a lot of practical safety information, which makes this book a great place to start for a discussion on safety, as well as for a discussion on teamwork and partnership
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on September 14, 2007
Be advised, this book is quite funny. Officer Buckle is a safety instructor, going to schools to give safety lessons. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually keep the kids engaged with his lessons. That is until he gets a partner, Gloria, a police dog. Together, Officer Buckle and Gloria's safety class is a hit at the schools. When Office Buckle thinks that it's Gloria that the kids want to see, he couldn't be more wrong. It's both of them that keep the children entertained and learning. My three kids and I all get a big kick out of this book. The illustrations of Gloria make them all laugh and the moral of the story about the importance of team work comes across in a fun and entertaining way. I wouldn't have minded if Officer Buckle and Gloria came to my school when I was younger.
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on July 25, 2006
This is an excellent book for k-2 classes. Our school has joined our Police Department in (adopt a police dog). This means that we help raise money for the police department to help provide care and the tools that our police dog might need. This book helped our students understand the relationship between the policeman and his dog. The children understood that policeman are there to help us in many ways and giving safety tips is one of the ways they can help us. I like the fact that this book is also mentioned in The Mailbox magazine and you can go on-line to the Mailbox site and get worksheets for the students to do in relation to the story. It is worth buying.
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on July 9, 2017
A+
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on July 21, 2017
good
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on October 3, 2016
Great book. Great illustrations!
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on September 12, 2005
My 3-year-old loves hearing this story, which has become a daily bedtime staple. The narrative is simple and straightforward, the safety lesssons are silly but placed in a useful context, and the pictures are simple but whimsical. She particularly enjoys having me read the "safety stars" drawn inside the front and back covers. I highly recommend this for toddlers, particularly those who are fond of dogs.
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on March 1, 2016
Absolutely perfect!
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on February 20, 2014
We get lots of books from the library and few are read as many times as this one was. My five y.o. son was delighted with both the story and the illustrations. I am now buying this book as a gift.
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on June 3, 2013
Love this book and so do the kids. Funny story and good illustrations. My 4 year old gets it but I did have to do a little explaining. Maybe better for 5 and up.
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