Imagine that you are sitting in your classroom when the door opens and in walks a new student. She is wearing pajamas and cowboy boots while holding a dictionary and a lunch box. Are you curious about her? How about when she announces that her name is Gooney Bird Greene? Well that is exactly what happened at the Watertower Elementary School one October morning. The rest of the class was amazed by her at that very first moment and soon learned of her incredible storytelling ability. Soon Gooney Bird, who loved being at the center of everything, took the class and teacher on a wonderful adventure through her stories. She shared the importance of strong vocabulary, building of plot and creating suspense and interest with her tales. By the end of the year, each child understood that they all had wonderful stories to tell and they couldn’t wait to begin.
This book will capture the reader from page 1 by the quirky style of the main character. It is also a wonderful read-aloud to use when talking about writing skills and style. It is writer’s workshop wrapped up in a delightful story. Ages 6-9
Reviewed by Alexis Cuff – Elementary Teacher Librarian Palisades School District, PA.