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Gooney Bird Greene (Gooney Bird Greene #1)

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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,957 ratings  ·  250 reviews
From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: they want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene. And that suits her just fine, because, as it turns out, Gooney Bird has quite a few interesting and “absolut ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Ensiform
An eccentrically-dressed and apparently over-imaginative second grade girl, Gooney Bird, comes to a new school and entrances the other students (and teacher) with her surprising, “absolutely true” stories. With her deliberate, exact way of speaking and unusual phrasing, she describes her stories before telling them in ways that make it seem as though they’ll be tall tales – but there is always a humorous, prosaic explanation. For example, “I was in jail when this happened” actually refers to Goo ...more
Barrett
Gooney Bird Greene is a new student at Watertower Elementary, who comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots, among many other interesting clothes the following days. From her first day of school, she always wants to be the center of attention; whether that is wearing unique clothes or sitting in the middle of the classroom. When her teacher allows students to tell a story, Gooney is able to keep the classroom on their seats with her "absolutely true" stories, even though they seem anythin ...more
Miss Byler
Meet a quirky, one-of-a-kind girl when you meet Gooney Bird Greene! She does not seem like the other kids, but they are amazed when she begins to tell her stories. You will be amazed by the stories too when you read it!
Tami
This is the little chapter book that I read to my class every single year about writing and telling stories. Gooney Bird Greene is a natural at spinning a tale. The children just eat this book up. I notice that after each reading, the student's own writing improves by leaps and bounds. Their journal stories come alive as they try to be more descriptive...just like Gooney. And, "suddenly" the word "suddenly" starts appearing more frequently in the journals of my first-time writers. Thank you, Loi ...more
VerJean
3/16/2014
No, I haven't gone totally Goofy, Gooney. . .
Having FUN, starting some reading from some well-known authors or titles of books for younger readers. It's on my To Do Bucket List for One of my goals for reading in 2014:
Books I missed in my long-ago reading at local small-town library OR the books obviously weren't written yet.

AND when so many of them are now showing up as "recently added" to the e-library, it's a snap to check-them out without
a)trying to look nonchalant wandering the you
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Ellen
Gooney Bird Greene loves to be the center of attention (just like most second graders) and only tells absolutely true stories. Gooney Bird is an excellent storyteller and tells a new story to her classroom every day. What's interesting is how Gooney Bird shows that words can mean different things than you might expect, for example, how Gooney Bird moved to her new home from China in a minivan.

A good book for second grade students who are ready for short chapter books.
Todd
About storytelling, really. Gooney Bird is new and entertains class each day with a new story within context of teacher teaching about writing stories (elements of good stories). So it'd be a good one for teachers to use in writing workshop. She misleads class with funky titles that, when taken literally, turn out to be more about the normal stuff of everyday life.
Arianna Harris
i like this book because its like helping to be a good person and not a bad person so you can treat people like how you treat your family and never let your family down you always should be there for then if its an problem or emergency
Edward Creter
Gooney Bird flies into your library shelf like a dive bomber on all cylinders and will not go away easily. She's a ten-year-old who arrives in school outa nowhere and tells amazing stories of her life, which she claims are actually true. She even throws in a "sudddenly" since she loves to keep her audience in suspense. Sooo....SUDDENLY I like this girl (even tho I'm a guy and should NEVER like strong women of any age. Its encoded in our male DNA.) Suddenly her stories are as awesomw and, yes, wh ...more
Semira Ajisafe
OMG! I read this book in a day like 4 years ago! It was one of the few beginner chapter books i liked...and i barley liked any! I loved it! It took me back to the days when i was like her. Good times!
Zineb S
Do you like Realistic fiction? I will talk about a book about a girl called Gooney Bird Greene , she in a strange way passioned with fashion. Her first day of school was really crazy, she came dressed in a pink tutu. She also eats bad food that aren't good for her basically she's a crazy girl.


Gooney Bird Greene love dressing up and that's a way that relates to me , like a girl I love clothes. We call them girly girls I loved this book and I finished it in 1 weeks it was so funny and I really w
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Melanie
It tries to hard to shove the message of accepting differences and eccentricities down your throat. I hate books like that.
Becky Martin
I read this to my second graders every year. It is great for story telling, writing, vocabulary, and visualizing!
Robin
It is an absolutely true story that my daughter and I have fallen in love with Gooney Bird Greene! I am thrilled to come across this well-written series; it is chock-full of excellent vocabulary and introduces the reader to the elements of good storytelling through the narrative. My first-grade daughter is an advanced reader, so although this book is at a reading level for grades 3-5, the subject matter of an interesting new girl who arrives in the second grade at Watertower Elementary School is ...more
Liz Garden
Perfect book to read when talking about oral storytelling and writing ideas during writer's workshop!
Julie
Hilarious. Every single one of these students is in my class.
Julie Carpenter
this was a fun story about a second grade girl named gooney bird Greene. She is an eccentric new student and comes to school while the class is learning about stories.

Gooney likes to be front and center and ends up telling stories that the teacher and class believe are made up like how her cat was consumed by a cow. Lol!! It was cleverly written and her stories were all true just the meaning of the words she uses is not the meaning that first comes to everyone's mind.

Fun quick read. My girls lov
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Christine Watson
Contemporary Realistic Fiction:
This is an adorable story of a quirky second grade girl named Gooney Bird Greene. When she arrives in Watertower, all of the students in her class want to learn more about her. Gooney Bird agrees to tell stories about her life that are "absolutely true." The themes in this book are confidence, individuality and truth versus the perception of truth. I read this story every year to my second graders, and they love it! This is a great book to introduce small moment st
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Mary
Oct 25, 2009 Mary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

From Booklist
Gr. 2-5. Veteran author Lowry produces a laugh-out-loud chapter book with a lead character who could easily be the younger sister of Spinelli's Stargirl (2000). Gooney Bird appears in Mrs. Pidgeon's second-grade class one October, asking for a desk "right smack in the middle of the room" because she likes to be in the middle of everything. She dresses the part, too: it's pj's and cowboy boots that first day, green stretch pants, a polka-dot T-shirt, and a tutu the next. And she love
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Erin Cataldi
Gooney Bird Greene is an adorable story about the new girl in school who quickly wins over every one. Gooney isn't your average second grader, she is a very eccentric dresser and she has some of the most outlandish tales the children and teacher have ever heard, although she insists they are real ("I tell only absolutely true stories!").

As the class starts to learn about what makes a good story they all volunter Gooney Bird as the character because everyone is so intrigued by her. Gooney Bird,
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529_allie
Gooney Bird Greene is a precocious, well traveled, honest 2nd grader that is sure to make your primary grade students howl in laughter. One fall day Gooney Bird shows up in Mrs. Pidgeons class dressed quite unusually with an air of mystery. The students in the class no longer are interested in what Mrs. Pidgeon has to say, but instead want to know about Gooney Bird. To appease her students, Mrs. Pidgeon allows her new student to tell one story each day. Gooney Bird's first story is about coming ...more
Tonya Branch
Transitional

This is a story about an interesting elementary school student name Gooney Bird Greene. Gooney is not your ordinary student, she is very confident in herself and loves to be the center of attention. She begins school a month after it has started. As if that isn't enough, she wears pajamas and cowboy boots on her first day at school. She then requests a seat in the middle of the classroom because she likes to be" smack dab in the middle of things." To elaborate on her big personality,
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Alicia Feller
Gooney Bird Greene, “That’s Greene with a silent ‘e’ at the end” (p. 14), is a new student in Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class at Watertower Elementary school. She is unlike anyone the students have ever met, with her eccentric taste in clothes, her unruly bright red hair, and the way she likes to be “right smack in the middle of everything” (p. 1). On her first day, the class has been learning about the parts of a story and she is elected to tell a story. Over the next few days, she tells the ...more
Cindy
Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Review:
Nobody in Mrs. Pidgeon's second-grade class at Watertower Elementary has ever met a student quite like Gooney Bird Greene—and most readers probably haven't, either! With her wacky fashion, larger-than-life personality, and "absolutely true" stories about things like magic carpet rides and princes who live in palaces, Gooney Bird stole my heart from the beginning. Gooney Bird Greene is the tale of an unusual new student, but it's also a primer on how to tell grea
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Anna
Well know as a two-time Newbery Medalist, Lois Lowry invites readers into fascinating Gooney Bird Greene series. This is not as famous as her other books but good for young children to inspire their writing and storytelling.
Gooney Bird, red-haired and freckle-faced appears in Mrs. Pidgeon’s second-grade class. Gooney’s green stretch pants, polka-dot T-shirt, and cowboy boots grab everyone’s attention from the first day. She also likes to be right smack in the middle of everything. By telling a
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Susan
Jun 25, 2010 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Another really cute story - this time about a likable, quirky character named Gooney Bird. The book is really about storytelling and I loved the way Lowry jumps between the plot and Gooney Bird's "absolutely true" tales. There's some fun wordplay for the word nerds too.

Course evaluation:

Personal Response: This was a fun way to teach storytelling. Gooney Bird is a charming character and I greatly enjoyed the wordplay involved in her stories.

Evaluation: Lowry’s use of dialogue has a realistic flo
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Betsie Johnson
TRANSITIONAL

Gooney Bird Greene is a new student at Watertower Elementary, and she is quite an interesting character. She walks into Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class half-way through the first semester wearing a unique ensemble and with a million "absolutely true" stories to tell. Her teacher indulges her new start student when the class has time for a story, yet she attempts to see the validity in Gooney Bird's stories. Gooney Bird's seemingly far-fetched stories are not all imaginative, howeve
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Mel
My voice is hoarse from reding this to my kids. "Just one more chapter, please!!!" Gooey Bird was such a wonderful character. After we finished the book my children set out immediately imitating her, dressing up and telling each other stories. It was so funny to hear them remind each other to use the word suddenly. Also, I loved introducing them to Lois Lowry at a young age. What an author!!
Jackie Pino
When Gooney Bird Greene moved to Watertower, the other students in her second grade class at Watertower Elementary School became enthralled with their new classmate. Gooney Bird’s eccentric clothing makes her interesting, but it is her “absolutely true” stories that win over her classmates and teacher. She draws her classmates in with fascinating tag lines that seem impossible and holds their attention throughout with her superb storytelling skills. In the end, the class realizes how much they l ...more
shranicky
This transitional book is so cute. Gooney Bird Greene is a new student at Watertower Elementary School and she is a very fascinating character. She wears interesting clothes and has a ton of stories to tell. Gooney’s first story was “How Gooney Bird Got Her Name” and it interested the children so much that they wanted to hear more of her stories. Ms. Pigeon, her teacher, wasn’t sure about the validity of her stories but we find out that they are not all imaginative. I loved this book because it’ ...more
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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