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Where's Rodney?

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Rodney is that kid who just can't sit still. He's inside, but he wants to be outside. Outside is where Rodney always wants to be. Between school and home, there is a park. He knows all about that park. It's that triangle-shaped place with the yellow grass and two benches where grown-ups sit around all day. Besides, his momma said to stay away from that park. When Rodney fi ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published August 7th 2017 by Yosemite Conservancy
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Mary Louise Sanchez
Every national park should sell this book in their book store. It was refreshing to see a child of color getting a chance to move about and use his stored up energy in a great outdoor park, unlike his trashy neighborhood one.

The message is timely especially in these days where our natural sites in America seem to be devalued.

As always, Floyd Cooper brings the message to light!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Nature Lovers / Young Children Who Haven't Yet Visited a National Park
A somewhat hyperactive boy who was always acting up a bit in class, and who longed to be outside, Rodney didn't have many chances to explore. If he was not in school, his Momma wanted him home and safe, far away from the small, scraggly city park near his home. Then his class went on a field trip to a national park - one assumes Yosemite, given the publication information here - and he discovered just how majestic the outdoors could be...

Published by Yosemite National Park's Yosemite Conservancy
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to round up to five stars. I think that every school board member, social worker, and children's librarian should read this. The freedom of being in the wilderness helps to both heal and inspire the low-income urban children, and especially Rodney... and probably his teacher, too. It's an enjoyable, and also enlightening, read, for other African-American children and for everyone else, too. Author and illustrator are both Black and have identities based in Oakland CA and Tulsa OK, resp ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rodney has a lot of energy! So much energy that he winds up getting in trouble at school sometimes. He loves the outdoors and exploring. However, he isn't thrilled about their class field trip to the park. Parks are dirty, decrepit spaces in his neighborhood. Rodney learns the true meaning of the word majestic when they visit a metro park. This book is a gentle reminder to get outside and enjoy our metro parks and quiet green spaces. The illustrations by Floyd Cooper are gorgeously expressive. ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rodney is a hyperactive city child, forced to be inside all the time since his neighborhood isn't safe. And then one day, his school goes on a field trip -- to a real park (maybe Yosemite) and he experiences the wonder and beauty of being outdoors.

Good story and illustrations. Gift from a book who said the book's message would please me me and it does.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hope Rodney becomes a conservationist!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

How refreshing to read a book with a child of color (Black child) that was not about slavery or the Civil Rights Movement. It is wonderful to see a Black child as the main protagonist in a book about being a kid and enjoying the outdoors!

Rodney is restless inside and daydreams and acts out scenes from the birds he sees/imagines... During his classroom lessons... Majestic, the word of the week, Rodney is unable to define due to his daydreaming. During a class trip to a state park, Rodney
Tonja Drecker
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Combine an energetic city kid with the great outdoors, and out comes an amazing tale.

Rodney can't sit still. He'd rather be outside watching bugs or birds or whatever else might be moving. When the teacher threatens him with not allowing him to go on a field trip to the park, he figures it's no big deal. Until he gets to the park. Then, a whole new world opens up.

This book takes a kid who's grown up between streets, buildings and a few city parks and introduces him up to the wonders of the freed
Anna Maledon
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nice, lyrical, real-life, quiet-type of book. It will take you about 7.5 minutes to read it, so slightly longer than the super short picture books. I don't mind that at all. My boys ( now 5 and 7) seem to prefer books with more text. They are a bit like Rodney, always on the go, always moving but somehow can sit still and listen to longer books while they don't always sit attentively while we read the "barely-there-text" type of books.

The illustrations are quite spectacular, they have somewhat p
This book tells the tale of Rodney, a boy who loves to be outside, is most of the time thinking of the pill bug he sees crawling across a windowsill, or the birds flying outside the classroom window, not thinking of what the teacher is saying. The book is published by an organization started by the author, Carmen Bogan, a multi-cultural children’s book publisher. This time, it’s partnering with Yosemite Conservancy. Rodney thinks the class is going to a small corner park, with not much more tha ...more
David Burgess
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Where's Rodney" by author Carmen Bogan. The author takes the scene from a very challenging classroom setting with the very active and independent student, Rodney; to a very "majestic" and eye-opening experience for her students, by the end of the story! The author masterfully weaves the ever day adventure of teaching young minds, into a meaningful connection with the larger world in which they live! The story culminates with Rodney using "the word of the week", that previously he gave little in ...more
Nicole F.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rodney loves to be outside! He also loves to cause some trouble in his classroom which threatens his participation in his class’s field trip to the park. However, Rodney has a different perception of the park. According to his mom, it is a place he’s not supposed to go to. While everyone is so excited to go to the park, Rodney thinks they will hate it once they see what’s there. “It was a small, triangle - shaped patch of yellow grass next to the corner store and the bus stop. It had one large c ...more
Kyra Nay
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rodney is restless. Something more interesting - a bird in flight, a bug crawling, really, anything outside - is always catching his attention, making it hard for him to sit still in class and listen to his teacher. When his class heads out on a field trip to the park, Rodney is thoroughly uninterested. After all, the park is just a small, dingy patch of yellowed grass that Momma says he should stay away from. But to Rodney’s surprise, the school bus keeps right on going, past the park and way o ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rodney is always thinking about getting outside. Growing up in the city, he has very few options to safely be in the outdoors to play. Therefore, he is often chastized for not sitting still or having his attention elsewhere while in class. When his class goes on a field trip to the biggest park he's ever seen, Rodney's whole world changes, and he gains a new appreciation for the world around him. The realistic but softened illustrations create a dreamscape for the reader, allowing the reader to ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rodney is that little boy who can't sit still and whose need to move challenges teachers and all the adults around him. When a trip to the park is planned for his class, Rodney isn't impressed. He knows the park is a small triangle of yellow grass that his mom wants him to stay out of. But the trip is to a huge beautiful park the like of which Rodney has never seen before.

Floyd Cooper's illustrations are beautiful and heartwarmingly authentic and Rodney fairly jumps from the pages.

I love this w
Alyssa Gudenburr
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book about a boy named Rodney who loved the outdoors. Many children could relate to Rodney not being able to stay still for the whole school day. When they visited the park for a school trip Rodney pictured a city park. Rodney was surprised and his love for nature grew when they went to a state park. Highlights the importance of showing city children the wonders of nature. Would make a great read aloud for elementary children.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I suspect it's not only Rodney who had a limited idea and low expectation for the upcoming field trip location, but that Rodney's offbeat behavior, at times, sets him up to be less understood and have lowered expectations placed upon him. As a parent, you hold your breath and send all the powerful wishes you can that all the little Rodneys find their own unique majestic places in the world and are able to share that with the people who need/give the same magic. ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Rodney is often in trouble with his teacher. Sit still Rodney, stop looking out the window Rodney, etc. The teacher tells Rodney he won’t be allowed to go to the park if he doesn’t straighten up. Rodney doesn’t want to go to the park. He knows the park, it’s right by his house. But this park is different, it is unlike any park Rodneys ever been to. When he gets there he falls in love with nature. Beautiful story with a subtle show of how easily white supremacy is part of our culture.
Edward Sullivan
The biggest desire of Rodney, an energetic young boy who cannot sit still, is to be outside and a class field trip puts him exactly where he wants to be, in the great outdoors of a national park. Floyd Cooper's distinctive "oil wash on board" illustrations beautifully capture Rodney's energy and his exuberance outdoors. An appealing story about the transformative power of nature. ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rodney can be a little bit of a troublemaker in class, but he is moved to his core by his class field trip to the park. Rodney explores nature and rejoices in its beauty.

This book celebrates the transformative power of nature and shows the importance of every child engaging with nature in a meaningful way.

Highly recommended for PreK-2.

"Outside was where Rodney always wanted to be."

Rodney is a boy who would rather be outside. He is acutely aware of the world around him. So he is highly distractible in school. But thanks to a field trip to a National Park, "Rodney was outside ... more outside than he had ever been before."

A celebration of nature and national parks.
Margaret Boling
5/13/2018 ~~ Carmen Bogan's text captures Rodney's perspective perfectly. We see him in school, struggling with school expectations (sit in chairs, answer questions). Then we see him outside, at a major national park and understand the transformative effect of nature can have for active children. Floyd Cooper's illustrations evoke Rodney's experiences perfectly. ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We have a great love for national parks. So my little one and and I were happy to love this Yosemite Conservancy book. Not only did the illustrations do justice to the park (because Floyd Cooper has yet to fail us), the story really captured what it feels like to be surrounded my they “majestic” beauty of nature. “Rodney was outside—more outside than he had ever been before.”
Christopher Johnston
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Middle Grades (4-6)
This book took me back to my days exploring. I loved to explore and get out there and see the parks and wilderness. I didn't really know what that was until I was in upper elementary school and we did an over night at a campground in Michigan. I think wanting to be outside in nature is something many people can relate to but don't get to experience.
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A story written lyrically and illustrated beautifully about little Rodney who just can't sit still. A field trip to a (national) park opens his eyes to the wonders of the natural world that he had yet to experience in the city. ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Rodney is a difficult student but that's partly because he just wants to be playing outside...and not at the "triangle-shaped patch of yellow grass" near his home. When Rodney discovers a "majestic" park, his worldview is enlarged. Ages 3-8 ...more
Holly Mueller
I enjoyed this book about Rodney, who always wanted to be OUTSIDE! One day he gets to go on a field trip to a "park", and he thinks it's the park that he's seen lots of time within the city. However, it ends up being a much bigger and better park than he's ever seen! ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
One may get the idea when reading this book, that outside is where kids should be, um-yeah.

So many of our children today are "nature" deficient, this book is an example on how a child came be transformed by the outdoorsness of our world.

Great book with large illustrations.
Juliana Lee
Rodney hates to be inside. He wants to be outside. And it's hard for him to sit still in class and listen to the teacher. But when his class takes a trip to a park, Rodney feels he has never been as outside as he is there. He loves it and calls it majestic. ...more
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