Dimensions: 128 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in
Published: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547556225
ISBN - 13: 9780547556222
About the Book
Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book
series from two-time Newbery Medal-winner Lois Lowry. 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
Read from the Book
1. "February vacation soon, students! Just ten more days!" Mr. Leroy, the school principal, pointed out, after he had made his usual announcements on the intercom. "I hope all of you have wonderful plans!" The second-graders wiggled in their seats and began to murmur. Vacation, vacation, vacation. Even though they loved school, vacations were always exciting. "I''m going to-" Ben began. "My family''s-" Barry Tuckerman whispered loudly. But Mrs. Pidgeon put her finger to her mouth and reminded them that the announcements weren''t finished. "Shhh," she said. "And we mustn''t forget," Mr. Leroy continued, "that this month we are celebrating the birthdays of two of our most important presidents. Let''s finish up this morning''s announcements by singing to them, shall we?" Mr. Leroy started off. "Happy birthday to youuuuu," he sang. In every classroom in the Watertower Elementary School, the students joined in. Some of them sang, "Dear Abe," some sang, "Dear George," and some tried to fit in "Dear Abraham-and-George." Gooney Bird Greene, at her desk in Mrs. Pidgeon''s classroom, sang loudly, "Dear George-Abraham-William-Henry-and-Ronald." She was still singing the list of names after the others had finished the last "Happy birthday to you." So she sang her own final line all by herself. The other children all stared at her. But Gooney Bird didn''t mind. "I am never ever embarrassed," she had once said. And that seemed to be true. Now, after she concluded, "Happy birthday to you,"
From the Publisher
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 the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young
adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has
received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book
Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young
Reader''s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery
Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her
first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading
Association''s Children''s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her
time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn
more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
Middy Thomas is a native Mainer. She loves all forms of art
and works in all mediums, from painting to printing to sculpture.
Ms. Thomas also teaches two art classes a week in her studio.
"Gooney Bird doesn''t need much help putting herself on the map.
She''ll be famous for years to come."-Kirkus
"In this fifth book in the series, Lowry deals with the ticklish
classroom issue of students gloating about vacations. She (and Mrs.
Pidgeon and Gooney Bird) handle it well, helping young readers
reflect on the competitive chatter that often strains the fabric of
a class right before holidays."-Horn Book
"Witty and perceptive in equal measure, the book features
fine-tuned dialogue, kid-friendly illustrations, and a strongly
realized classroom setting." -Booklist