Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gooney Bird Is So Absurd by Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird Is So Absurd
by Lois Lowry
Illustrated by Middy Thomas
Houghton Mifflin; 2009; 105 pages

Gooney is back again, and this time she is wearing her underwear on her head. And why not? After all they are clean and it’s not really underwear but a double ponytail holder! This book is different from the others in the series because while Gooney is there in the story, a lot of her classmates are also very talkative and full of stories, instead of mainly Gooney.

Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her second grade class all about poetry. Many of different types of poetry are introduced and then the class writes their own poems. Some of them are quite creative and hilarious. The poetry section is inspired by Mrs. Pidgeon’s mother who is also the class’s room mother (read Gooney Bird Green and the Room Mother) who is sick. This is a fun addition to the Gooney Bird Green series and is the perfect book for any teacher to read to their class before starting poetry month.

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