Gooney Bird on the Map by Lois Lowry

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Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book series from two-time 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 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! But most of the class (twelve minus three of them, in fact) will be staying home during vacation. Can Gooney Bird Greene keep spirits up while everyone is feeling down? Gooney Bird has a great idea that sends her classmates and her on a snowy spin through U.S. history and geography!
 

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 November 15, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 139 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, 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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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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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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Feisty and full of ideas (as always), Gooney Bird Greene is back.

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