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Gooney Bird is So Absurd
 
 
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Lois Lowry. Middy Thomas, illus.
Publisher Sandpiper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
ISBN 9780547875590
Pages/Publication Date 105/2009
Daedalus Item Code 40334
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It's a cold January at Watertower Elementary School, and time for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her brain-warming hat (which looks a lot like a pair of ruffly underpants), in this fourth book in the series by two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry. Mrs. Pidgeon teaches her class about poetry, from haiku to limericks—and reads poems that their room mother, Mrs. X., wrote when she was younger. When the children learn that Mrs. X., who was ill in a nursing home, has died, Gooney Bird leads them in a fitting tribute involving snow angels and a poem for voices. Middy Thomas again provides her energetic drawings in this touching and well-written chapter book for readers 6 to 9.

"When her second-grade class studies poetry, Gooney Bird bolsters her creativity by wearing a pair of frilly underpants on her head. ('It's my two-ponytail hat.') Meanwhile, teacher Mrs. Pidgeon reads aloud short poems written long ago by her mother, Mrs. X, who got to know the children in Gooney Bird and the Room Mother. As the current story begins, Mrs. X is in a nursing home, and at the end, she dies. The children's response to their beloved teacher's loss climaxes in a heartwarming scene that pulls the story together in a meaningful way. A full-page drawing in each chapter reflects the action and the tone of the text. Few beginning chapter books have the range of this one, from hilarity to sadness, from outrage to compassion, and few writers could manage it with such finesse. Often amusing and sometimes subtly instructive, the fourth book in the Gooney Bird Greene series is well suited to reading aloud."—Booklist

 
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