Gooney Bird and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry

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Gooney Bird Greene knows exactly where she likes to be: “right smack in the middle of everything.” Sure enough, her colorful fashion sense, exuberant personality, and “absolutely true” stories land her at the center of attention most of the time, but as Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class prepares for their Thanksgiving pageant, the lead role of Squanto is still up for grabs. And so is the role of Room Mother, but with each of the children’s parents already overloaded, there are no volunteers to bring cupcakes to their play. So Gooney Bird promises to find one—in exchange for the lead. There’s just one catch: the person she convinces to be Room Mother insists on remaining incognito. As the class struggles to decorate the mural, make costumes, and learn their songs for the play, the suspense builds: will the pageant be a success? And who is their mysterious Room Mother?

Two-time Newbery Award–winning author Lois Lowry has once again captured the eager energy of an elementary school classroom and the hilarious antics and anecdotes of its students, especially those of the irrepressible Gooney Bird Greene herself. In her second literary appearance, Gooney Bird is back with more “absolutely true” stories to tell, more tips for her fellow aspiring storytellers, and a few challenging vocabulary words to share, too.

 

About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
 
Published April 4, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 80 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each student chooses an animal whose name begins with the first letter of his or her first name and then writes a fable about it.

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And her stories are “absolutely true.” Actually, they are explainable and mesh precisely with the teacher’s lesson, more important, they are a clever device that exemplify the elements of good storytelling and writing and also demonstrate how everyone can turn everyday events into stories.

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Luckily, Gooney Bird has an outlandishly fabulous idea—they will build a map of the entire United States outside in the snow on the playground.

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The irrepressible second grader returns, as flamboyant as ever, to offer more outrageous outfits, “absolutely true” yarns and such useful vocabulary words as “ennui” and “underestimate.” All the while, she’s wangling the role of Squanto in the Thanksgiving Pageant by recruiting a mysterious Room ...

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The irrepressible second grader returns, as flamboyant as ever, to offer more outrageous outfits, "absolutely true" yarns and such useful vocabulary words as "ennui" and "underestimate."

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Gooney The Fabulous is a brand-new book from award-winning children’s and young adult author Lois Lowry – one of our fave writers of all time!

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