Gooney Bird Green is a book about a little girl who moves to a new town and during her first few weeks of school, she tells the children in her class several stories about her adventures.
I read this book out loud to Lucy in one day. I thought it was funny and Lucy loved it so much that she started to read it again right after I had finished it.
The thing I liked best about this book is how well it described the elements needed for a story and teaches kids how to tell a story and make it interesting. Another thing I really enjoyed was how accurately the author portrays children of that age. Anyone who has taught a class of five or six year olds knows how hard it is to get them to concentrate. I remember substituting for the five and six year olds at church. I was talking about how some of the apostles were fishermen. Each child immediately proceeded to tell me how they had once had a gold fish, or that their grandma had made fish for dinner or … you get the idea. And while this trait is extremely annoying in real life, in the book I just thought it was funny because it was SO true.
I plan on ordering the rest of the books in the series for Lucy for Christmas. Supposedly they all follow the same trend in teaching elements of literature.