It’s just about Back to School time here in Texas. Just a couple of more weeks and all the kids will have to be getting up early and sitting in desks and doing homework and taking tests and learning all sorts of new things.
And I’ll be doing the same. I’ll be listening to a lot of good books and learning new things and sleeping under desks and helping with homework.
Teachers will be putting together a list of good read aloud books. (I hope that ALL teachers will be doing this!) And this is where Gooney Bird Greene comes in. Gooney Bird Greene is the title character of a series of books written by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Middy Thomas. These books seem to be very popular in Glen Rose, but I don’t know if they are where you live. If not, you need to head to your library and check them out! These books are suitable for ages 6-9 and grades K-3.
Gooney Bird is a new girl in Mrs. Pidgeon’s 2nd grade classroom. She appears at the classroom door all alone, wearing pajamas and cowboy boots, carrying a dictionary and a lunch box and announces that she wants a desk right in the middle of the room because she “likes to be right smack in the middle of everything.” Gooney Bird is a very singular young lady. She LOVES to tell stories – and this is what these books are all about. Storytelling. How do you find excitement and intrigue in every day things? What makes a story good or bad? Through Gooney Bird’s storytelling you learn all about the elements of a good story. And vocabulary! Gooney Bird is always throwing in big words that the kids don’t know. They have to look them up in the dictionary. What great skills!
Each book is a new month and a new adventure with Gooney Bird and Mrs Pidgeon’s class. New things to learn about working cooperatively and being an independent thinker. And the school, Watertown Elementary, has a school dog! A St. Bernard named Bruno. I love these books!
I’ll leave you with an interview with Ms Lowry – an interesting lady –
Enjoy your last days of summer!