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Kid Book Review – Gooney Bird Greene

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.

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