Gooney Bird Is So Absurd

By Lois Lowry; Middy Thomas (Illustrator)
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547119670, 105pp.)

Publication Date: March 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring '09 Kids List
“Another poignantly funny look at Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class. Each character's reaction to learning about poetry and writing their own poetry is quite amusing and also touching, especially when the students use it to reach out to Mrs. Pidgeon upon her mother's death.”
-- Janet Bibeau, Storybook Cove, Hanover, MA


Description

The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowry's popular Gooney Bird series
It's a cold January at the Watertower Elementary School the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat It's a good thing she has one. Gooney Bird's brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Who knew there could be so many different ways to write a poem? Haikus, couplets, limericks Mrs. Pidgeon's students soon find that writing good poetry takes a lot of hard work and creative thinking. Gooney Bird and her classmates are up to the challenge. But just when things are going well, the kids get some terrible news. Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written.




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.
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