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Gooney Bird on the Map (Gooney Bird Greene #5)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  167 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book series from Newbery Medal–winner Lois Lowry, with Middy Thomas’s black-and-white illustrations bringing the classroom to life throughout.

Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class has a lot to celebrate in February: presidents’ birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and school vacation. Of course, the students are talking abo
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wasn’t a big fan. I haven’t read other books with Gooney Bird in them, but I didn’t really care for her personality. I may be missing something from previous books, but I didn’t like how much attention Gooney Bird got from her teacher, principal, and classmates. I wasn’t sure why they put up with her crazy styles and antics. I felt like everybody catered to her somewhat outrageous demands and ideas. I didn’t think she was completely bossy and domineering, but I just got frustrated with some of ...more
Library Lady Terri
The bloom is off the rose for me with Gooney Bird. This 2nd grader has too much influence over what appears to be the whole school.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program

Gooney Bird on the Map by Lois Lowry

From the back of the book: Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class has a lot to celebrate in February: presidents' birthdays, Valentine's Day, and school vacation. Of course, some students are talking about their awesome vacation plans every chance they get. It can be hard to focus on subtraction problems when you're heading to Hawaii or Florida in seventeen minus seven days!

The one-and-only Gooney Bird Greene is back with another idea! Gooney Bird is quite the individual. She is in second-grade and doesn't care what anyone else thinks about her wardrobe, her ideas or anything! She shows kids that it is okay to wear mismatched socks, to talk to the principal and to beat whatever you want for lunch. Her class is studying US geography right before February vacation time. There are three students in the class going to relatively exotic destinations and they can't help ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I figured this book was a sure bet: An easy reader written by the author of The Giver. But no. This book is sloppily written, sloppily edited (twice within 5 pages, a short paragraph was written at the bottom of one page and then again at the top of the next page), and un-funny. The main character is an annoying know-it-all who apparently runs her 2nd grade class ("I propose we do this, Mrs. Teacher," she says. "What a great idea! 2 week class project!" Mrs. Teacher replies - not a real quote, b ...more
Enasia Lee
Gooney Bird on the Map is about a second grade class who is already for their vacation, Valentine’s day and President’s day. They all want to talk about their vacations, while the teacher tries to reel them back in and talk about subtraction. Gooney Bird always saves the day, and comes up with great ideas. To keep the students from talking about their vacations, she decides to make a map of the United States in the snow. All the students can see where they are going on vacation and it can relat ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Second grader Gooney Bird Greene and her classmates in Mrs. Pidgeon's class are trying to get through February. When three classmates keep describing the exotic vacations planned for them while the others will be staying in town with nothing particularly exciting to do, the always creative Gooney Bird comes up with the idea of creating a map of the United States on the playground and plotting where everyone will be. They end up conducting an informative program for the other classes, and the cla ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-juvie-books
February is also the birthday of TWO other presidents: Ronald Reagan and William Henry Taft.
Gooney takes special interest and many "moments of silence" with her second grade classmates for William Henry who died after only one month in office.
Geography made interesting by a map in the snow, surrounded by blue painted oceans and flags of where Barry, Beanie & Ben will be vacationing. But, wait - no one else has a special vacation location and the 3 B's are GLOATING. So we overcome th
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good chapter book for 6 year olds and up. Illustrations are good also. I like the thoughtful fact that the all the kids names are diverse (i.e. Leroy, Keiko, Barry, Malcolm, Beanie and Tyrone). I also like the fact that the book covers various classroom subjects such as the reason for temperate climates, geography, US presidents and US state information. It seems like the girl they call Gooney Bird runs the class instead of the teacher…
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying I love Gooney Bird Greene! She is one of my favorite characters that I suggest for my second grade students. This book, for me, falls far short of what I come to expect from a Lois Lowry book. I really wanted to really enjoy this book, but I didn't.

Also there were a few pages that had the same text at the bottom of one page and at the top of the next page.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This addition to the Gooney Bird series just falls flat. The first book, Gooney Bird Greene, is pretty entertaining, but this book (5th in the series) doesn't have much going for it. If you are looking for a short chapter book series that is consistently good, try Graham Salisbury's Calvin Coconut books.
Amber the Human
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh, Gooney Bird. You are too clever by half. Whatever will we do with you? This book is quite relateable, for everyone, really. We've all had that classmate or coworker who will not stop talking about their upcoming vacation. Don't worry, Gooney Bird will fix it. I wonder what kind of job she'll have when she's older? Public relations, perhaps?
Virginia Brace
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Gooney Bird is my favorite second grader and Mrs. Pidgeon gets the award for the most patient teacher! I have chuckled through all of Lois Lowry's interesting and inventive Gooney Bird Greene books. I so appreciate the way the kids show respect for each other and the adults in their lives.
Joan Anderson
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gooney Bird comes up with an excellent geography lesson just before her second grade class starts their February vacation. It's great to see an author pick something besides Valentine's Day. There were 2 repeating lines of text. Where was the efitor?
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
You have to love Gooney Bird and her flair, which comes across in all of the books in this series by Lois Lowry. Great classroom read aloud (especially 2nd grade), that may inspire some exciting projects. PK
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books
Some of the other Gooney Bird books are better. This one focused on US geography and my kids enjoyed reading it. However, after reading Gooney Bird is Absurd (the 4th book on poetry) that was so good, this one was kind of a let down for me.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Would be a good read aloud for 1-3 grades .
United States geography. Maps.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
A sweet early elementary book that highlights simply our unique characteristics and encourages us to focus on the positive side our situations.
Carol Moore Kollar
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gr-2-4
I'm going to order the rest of this series for the elementary schools. Gooney Bird is sure to make you laugh.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i want to read it
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Owen
I like Gooney Bird because she wears silly clothes. My favorite part was everything. They made flags.

Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Mildly entertaining.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I have to say that the African-American character (whom I did not remember from the first book...) seemed poorly conceived. I mean, does he really have to be a budding rapper??
Anne Tipton
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute character. A refreshing change from Junie B and the Magic Tree House books.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like it when they all grow up and gooney bird becomes the prez if the USA
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely little book for the younger set. Gooney Bird herself is delightful, and the story puts me somewhat in mind of the Mr Majeika books. Lovely!
Karen Arendt
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Such an imaginative story. Great school story and some character education about gloating!
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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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