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Gooney Bird Is So Absurd (Gooney Bird Greene #4)

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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  257 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowry's popular Gooney Birdseries!
It's a cold January at the Watertower Elementary School--the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat! It's a good thing she has one. Gooney Bird's brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Who
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ebook, 112 pages
Published March 23rd 2009 by Harcourt Brace and Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lisa
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Fiction)

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: (approximately Level P)

Summary: Gooney Bird is a smart, caring, second grade girl who loves to outfit herself in quirky finds from Goodwill. During the winter of second grade, Gooney Bird's teacher, Mrs. Pidgeon begins teaching the class poetry. The class learns the fun and beauty of poetry through Mrs. Pidgeon's couplet, haiku and limerick lessons. Winter turns out to be the perfect setting for this book as a sad moment near
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Alondra Munoz
This book was a good book, I don't give it all five stars though because I am more into books with more action but its a good book for younger readers. This book can also teach kids many lessons This book is about a girl who goes to school always wearing strange clothes to school and kid often tease her about it, considering she once showed up to class with underwear on her head. She is a very unique individual and isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes, and she shows that when a substit ...more
Sharon B
Lois Lowry has done a wonderful job of creating a fun story that also incorporates teaching about writing. I was introduced to this book when visiting my daughter who homeschools as I did, and I had the privilege of reading one of my granddaughter's read-alouds to her. (That was my first Gooney Bird book. I loved it!)

When I saw this book, I had to order and read it before mailing it off to my granddaughter. The story is humorous as well as emotional, with each chapter teaching a concept about p
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VerJean
Great intro to a few types of poetry.
But don't try to get a gooney bird's eye view of pentameters, that's more than even Gooney Bird can make rhyme or reason of yet.
Haiku, Couplets, Limericks and some free form poetry.
We 2nd graders chase off an uptight substitute, but the principal, Mr. Leroy is hip and fills in. Sadly, Mrs. Pigeon's mother, a poet, passes away in the nursing home, but we had some time to share some of her poetry and a charming audio visual memory poem is done in her mother's
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Michelle
I really enjoyed reading this story. I liked how in the book it was teaching the students about writing poetry and all the different types of poetry there are. This really hit home because I love writing poetry and have always enjoyed finding new and fun ways to write them.
Summary: Gooney Bird is a young girl that likes to be different. She wears a special brain-warming hat so that her brain will be warm for what they will learn the next month, poetry. She never knew that there could be so many
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John Parker
Poetry does not seem as popular as it once was in schools. For that matter, creative writing in most forms does not exist like it did in the days before high stakes testing. Enter Lois Lowry and Gooney Bird Is So Absurd.

Lowry has written a gem that is multi-faceted and should be required reading for all those who plan on spending time in an elementary school. Not only does Lowry create memorable characters, but she consistently creates characters that reflect an innate love for learning. Mrs. P
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Bethany
My review as publised in March 2009 SLJ:

Gr 2–4—Gooney Bird Greene is back with her classmates for more fun. It's January, and the second grader has begun wearing a "two-ponytail hat" fashioned out of a pair of ruffled green underpants to keep her brain warm. Her outrageous behavior is endearing, and the support of her classmates is heartwarming. Throughout the winter the students of Mrs. Pidgeon's class think about poetry, and their teacher reminds them, "Poetry is not to be judged. You just sav
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Peg
Gooney Bird's class is into poetry this January, with Mrs. Pidgeon leading them through readings of poems by her failing mother. As the class explores types of poems, they can't contain their enthusiasm to try writing some themselves--and even inspire their principal to try his hand at a limerick. The motley mix of children might be some teacher's nightmare class, but Mrs. Pidgeon handles their differences with understanding while encouraging respect for differences and maintaining some order. G ...more
Mary Lee
Gooney Bird and her classmates are learning to write poetry. They write very short three or four-word poems, haikus, couplets, limericks, and list poems. We get to watch Gooney Bird help Barry revise his list poem. At the end of the book, the class is just about to start writing poems for two voices when their teacher's mother dies. Together they write a poem for MANY voices for their teacher.

This would make a great read aloud before or during a poetry writing unit.

Gooney Bird's teacher, Mrs. Pi
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Campbell
I liked this book. Gooney Bird is a little girl who dresses in strange outfits where you never know where she gets them. For instance one day it was one of the most creative outfits I've ever heard of. She was wearing gray sweatpants from the Gap, a white ruffle blouse from the Goodwill store, that she paid only .89 for, and she thinks that's quite a bargain. She is also wearing bunny slippers, under the bunny slippers she is wearing one red sock and one yellow sock. She is also wearing a leopar ...more
Loonyhiker
I thought this would be a great book to use in the classroom to teach poetry. It was fun and the author showed how the poems were used in real life. This would make it more relevant to students. I would highly recommend this to teachers!
Cynthia
I didn't realize there were other Gooney Bird books out there until I came onto Goodreads to post my review of this one! That might explain why I felt a little lost as to why Gooney Bird is so absurd. However, the boys and I enjoyed the title character and her second grade class very much so we'll be sure to pick up the other titles. In this book Gooney's second grade class is learning about poetry. It was fun for my boys to learn a little bit about poetry while reading this story and we found o ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Jan 16, 2010 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr. 1 and 2 for reading aloud; Gr. 2 and up for independent readers
Gooney Bird once again marches to her own drummer. In this case, the beat is the rhythm of poetry. Mrs. Pigeon and her second grade class are studying poetry and even the principal learns something. The class read and write haiku, limerick, and couplets and the reader learns how much fun school can be (or would be if every teacher only had nine students in the class!). Gooney Bird is ever the style guru, encouraging the entire class to wear her special style of brain-warming hat with two holes f ...more
Ramarie
Another offering about Gooney Bird Greene. She's back with her unique sense of style, this time courtesy of frilly underpants worn as a hat (a warm brain helps her to think), and sensitive teacher, Miss Pidgeon, who is teaching the class about different forms of poetry. When Miss Pidgeon's mother is taken ill, the class suffers through a substitute, and Gooney Bird comes up with a poetic idea to cheer up Miss Pidgeon, and remember her mother (and their room mother), Mrs. X.
Charming series that I
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2nd grade
Amanda
Great introduction to poetry!
Annette
This is the fourth in the Gooney Bird Series. My little girls just love these books! I like them too because they learn some aspect of the English language from each one. In this one, Mrs. Pidgeon's class learns about poetry. They start out with Haikus and then move on to couplets and Limericks. Of course, the book is filled with Gooney Bird's usual antics which is what makes this series so delightful. The only complaint that I have about this one is that the substitute teacher was more than a l ...more
Diane
surprised by how little I liked this book and really don't want to recommend it although I know students know Gooney Bird. Didn't like the ridiculous classroom environment that wasn't trying to be funny and not succeeding anyway, don't care for Gooney's benign know-it-all-ness, felt the African American character was a complete stereotype and insulting at that. Only redeeming part of the book was the way the story ended w/ the snow angels. uugh.
Karla
A good chapter book for younger readers. I found the character of Gooney Bird funny, but a little unbelievably adult at times. The class is interesting and well-rounded and behaves how I imagine a 2nd grade class would behave. Their wonderful teacher, Mrs. Pigeon stays calm in the face the noise and chaos of the class, while respecting their individuality. A nice read with a lovely ending.
Ingrid
I have not ready any of the other Gooney bird books, but I did enjoy this one very much. Gooney Bird is certainly a memorable character although she seemed a little grown up at times to be believable as a second grader. It is nice story and I also like how Lois Lowry also teaches about poetry and different forms of poetry as a part of the story.
Madison
I think that "Gonney Bird Is So Absurb" is a very good book.

"Gonney Bird is so Absub" is about a girl named Gooney Bird Greene in the second grade. She is very unusual and different from the others. She wears underwear on her head. I think anyone who likes very, very funny books should read this because it is a very good and funny!
Lori
Such a cute book.

Reminded me a little of the Junie B. series, but better. The kid characters were still very precocious but not as obnoxious.

I liked how the story revolved around poetry. A sneaky little way of getting some education into an interesting story that young kids would like.
Tyra
I loved this book. Gooney bird is a very Interesting character to read about and she isn't naughty!! Most kids books are about naughty kids. I love that the author made her strange and interesting without making her sassy or naughty. It is also well written. We will be reading more in this series.
Jennifer
I really like the Gooney Bird books, although I have to admit that Gooney Bird is not my favorite Lowry character. I like her teachers and classmates a lot better! However, this book is still charming and it made me laugh (especially the encounter with the substitute teacher!).
Michelle
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Aimee
This was such a fun, cute book! I thought about reading it to my oldest (5), but I think it's just a little over his head. I recommend it for 1st-3rd graders though! (Maybe even just girls...) Very, very cute...even brought tears to my eyes at the end!
Carol Royce Owen
Another in the Gooney Bird Green series, this one focuses on the second grade class learning about writing poems from examples brought by their teacher, Mrs. Pidgeon. This would be great for a 2nd-4th grade class learning about poetic forms.
Gail
I think the Gooney Bird books are fun books for the second grader-esque crowd. I am a big fan of Lois Lowry. I didn't care for some of the stereotypes of a couple characters made in the book, but it could be a good discussion with kids.
Jeri
This is my favorite of the Gooney Bird series. Gooney teaches about poetry; couplets, haiku, limericks, rhyming verse. It's a great way to introduce the different kinds of poetry. I would highly recommend this book.
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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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