Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for Gooney Bird Greene

My G character is near and dear to my heart because it is so perfect for beginning readers. I have gone through these books with 2 of my 3 kids and they still absolutely delight me. I even turned my daughter's teacher onto Gooney Bird and she spent the school year reading all of them to her class.

For future writers (and readers):

Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird Greene introduces the elements of a story, poetry, fable, and expanding vocabulary to elementary kids. And she does it in such an Awesome way that kids fall in love with the books without being too aware they are learning at the same time.

For kids who just love great characters:

Gooney Bird is fabulous. She wears crazy outfits, tells great (absolutely true) stories, and is completely worshipped by her classmates for her oddity.  My 8yo also loves that Gooney Bird eats sushi for lunch. She is an absolutely beautifully written character that manages to seamlessly offset all the tween "I can't believe you're wearing THAT." My daughter has gone to school several times in what she calls a "Gooney Bird" outfit.

Favorite Gooney Bird stories:

"How Gooney Bird Came From China on a Flying Carpet"

"Why Gooney Bird Was Late For School Because She Was Directing a Symphony Orchestra"

"Beloved Catman Is Consumed By A Cow"

1 comment:

M Pax said...

Sounds like a fabulous series.