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Lowry, Lois.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
IL K-3, RL 5.0
ISBN 0618238484

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

No one knows what to make of Goonie Bird Greene.  She's new in school and tells the teacher right from the start that she wants to be in the middle of everything.  She tells them that she just moved to Watertower from China and has lots of stories to tell.  Like how they drove all the way from China.  Or how she arrived on a flying carpet.  Or how her cat was consumed by a cow.  And, she assures them, everyone of her stories is absolutely true.

Booktalk #2

Read page 1-3 (ending with ďand an oatmeal cookie.Ē)
        And that was Mrs. Pidgeonís 2nd graderís introduction to Gooney Bird Greene.  So later when they are learning about stories it is no surprise that the 2nd graders want to hear a story about Gooney Bird.  Gooney Bird promises them an absolutely true story about herself.  She tells the class how she got her name.  Her dadís name is Gordon and her momís name is Barbara, so they decided to name their baby girl with their initials G and B.  Unfortunately, they couldnít agree on a name.  Her mother suggested Gail Beth and Georgina Babette.  Her father suggested Gwendolyn Belinda and Gazpacho Banana.  They decided to wait until she was born and after looking at her they were sure they could come up with the perfect name.  When their baby was born they both said that she reminded them of a Gooney Bird that they had seen while on a trip.  Both of her parents liked Gooney Bird and it was a G and a B so that is how their baby became Gooney Bird Greene.
        That was just the first of the absolutely true stories.   Other stories include how she rode on a flying carpet, how she found Napoleon and got diamond earrings from the prince, and how she was late to school because she was directing an orchestra.  To find out more about Gooney Bird Greene and storytelling read Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry,  (Beth Lindsay,  Lee County Library System, Estero, FL)  2005-2006 Sunshine State Young Readerís List Grades 3-5

SUBJECTS:     Storytelling -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.


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