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Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
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Oct 06, 2009

really liked it
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Summary: Officer Buckle is a roly-poly bloke, dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair. The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep. That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along! Stealthily pantomiming each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria wins the children's hearts. Meanwhile Officer Buckle assumes the cheers and laughter are all for him. As the master comedian Jerry Lewis once explained, every slapstick artist needs a straight man! Children will be highly entertained by the laugh-out-loud, adorable illustrations in this 1996 Caldecott Medal winner, while learning the value of teamwork and a pawful of nifty safety tips.
Genre: Fictional Picture Book
Reading Level: Late Transitional, this book contains several sentences on each page. The font is medium size and changes position on each page.
Topic: Following Rules, Companionship
Curriculum Uses: Read Aloud, Independent Reading
Social Issues: This book looks into Officer Buckle and how he did not speak well alone. By working together with Gloria, the two were able to be a success. It looks at working together to achieve a goal.
Literary Elements: Uses Onomatopoeia with words such as SPLATTER and SPLOOSH!
Illustration & Text: The Illustrations in this book add to the humor of the story. Children will find the illustrations of the dog to be very funny and they keep the attention of the children. The illustrations are very colorful and detailed.
Thoughts:
Officer Buckle & Gloria is a great kids book. It really keeps the children's attention. The book is about Officer Buckle who lives by his safety rules. Officer Buckle goes to schools and teaches the students about these safety rules. The children are bored by Officer Buckle and do not listen to what he has to say. One day Officer Buckle gets a police dog named Gloria. Gloria performs tricks for the children during Officer Buckle's speeches. With Gloria apart of his show, the two of them become a huge hit.
This book offers a lot of text on each page. The positioning of the text varies on each page as well. The font is all written in black with a white background. The use of the onomatopoeia makes it a fun read for children. The children can follow along and add to the sound effects made with these words.
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