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Book Title: Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book)|
The author of the book: Peggy Rathmann
Date of issue: September 28th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780399226168
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 899 KB
Edition: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Read full description of the books Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book):"Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah" is what it sounds like to children when we're trying to teach them the simple rules of life. They are important lessons to live by, but how do we convey them to our kids without sounding like the voice on the phone in all Peanuts movies? We could wait until they knock themselves almost unconscious to remind them not to lean back in their chairs, or we could read them Peggy Rathmann's book, Officer Buckle and Gloria. Giving them simple reminders like "Never stand on a swivel chair," and "Always wipe up spills BEFORE someone SLIPS and FALLS!" are absolutely hilarious in this brightly colored, visually funny book!
The opening bright yellow pages with stars showing Gloria acting out her simple messages for staying safe are incredibly funny. The title page shows a sad little police officer sitting at his desk, alone, writing down safety tips. Some of his safety tips are inspired by his own recklessness, and that makes the reader more aware of them. Throughout the book there are safety tip violations that children can seek and point out as they are reading the book. Officer Buckle bores his audiences to sleep and the children listing to his safety tip assemblies, are not paying attention to him.
One day Office Buckle gets a new partner -- a dog named Gloria. At first Gloria looks like any other dog, but she quickly proves herself to be quite an entertainer. As she is acting out -- behind Officer Buckle's back -- the safety tips he is reciting, the audience of children sit up to listen and soon are laughing uproariously. Every time Officer Buckle turns to look at his partner, she is sitting obediently behind him. Soon Officer Buckle and Gloria are in high demand, and a television crew comes to film them. It is at that point that Officer Buckle sees his act and is convinced that the audiences prefer Gloria to him, so he quits. Their act flounders when Gloria goes to schools by herself and can't entertain the children on her own.
Interwoven into all the safety tips is a beautiful story about friendship, and what it means to work together. Rathmann is very creative in her drawings, using every inch of her pictures to convey a message. I especially love the bright colors and the drawings of the characters. Children will love this story and will most likely hear and remember at least some of the safety tips. What could be better than that?
Read information about the authorCaldecott-medalist Margaret Crosby "Peggy" Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters. Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Nicasio, CA on a ranch she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of birds.
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