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

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The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowry's popular Gooney Bird series!

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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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 23rd 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Shaikhah
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, so good and charming.. :)

Kids were so sweet..

One star is missing because of Gooney Bird (most of the time she seemed to me like too old).. any way I still liked her and I am too keen to read the rest of books.
Lori
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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.
Library Lady Terri
I'm starting to struggle with Gonney Bird. Is she really in 2nd grade? Would a 2nd grader really be deferred to by the teacher as it seems happens in this classroom?
Lydia
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our family loves listening to these audio books on long trips...even the 18 yr old boys!
Oona
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
postponed due to my son's temper tantrum of ripping up this library book.
Michelle
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Lisa
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: level-p
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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Bethany
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids_fiction
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
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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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