Monday, June 10, 2013

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Author & Illustrator:   Peggy Rathman
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Year:   1995
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:  Caldecott Medal Winner, ALA Notable, Booklist Editors' Choice, Horn Book Fanfare, Parenting Magazine Best Books, School Library Journal Best Books

Summary:  Officer Buckle gives safety speeches at school that bore the kids. But when he gets a police dog named Gloria, she adds fun to the speeches. When Officer Buckle feels like he's not important, he decides to quit but then a big accident changes his mind. The two main characters come to life through Rathman's cartoon-like drawings.

Classroom Ideas:This could be used to talk about theme, as it is stated at the end of the story. You could also do a character study of either Officer Buckle or Gloria, or use it to introduce safety tips for the school/classroom/playground.

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