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Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

Officer Buckle and Gloria (edition 1995)

by Peggy Rathman

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Title:Officer Buckle and Gloria
Authors:Peggy Rathman
Info:Scholastic Trade (1995), Paperback, 32 pages
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Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann



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This book is about a police officer named Officer Buckle who gives safety lessons to elementary students but nobody seems to ever really pay attention. One day, Officer Buckle is assigned a K9 assistant named Gloria and she becomes a hit at every safety lesson. Students write letters to them and schools insist on having the two come to the school and give safety lessons. In the end Officer Buckle is sad when he thinks that people only pay attention to Gloria but after reading a lesson when he was absent one day he decides to continue giving his famous safety lessons.
  laurenmaune | Oct 26, 2015 |
27 months - this book isa hit with O. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
I loved this book for many different reasons. I liked the writing in this book. For example, the author uses the town called “Napville” because the children never listened to Officer Buckle when he came into the schools to talk about safety. The author also uses the teachers name “Mrs. Toppel” because she stood on a swiveling chair that made her fall down. These quirky names gives readers the ideas of the personalities and descriptions of people and places. The plot of this book is also very good. I liked that the author has a conflict at the beginning and then the resolution at the end. The conflict is that the children never listened to Officer Buckle and one day in school experienced a massive disaster. Then, the author writes how Officer Buckle is given a dog, Gloria to help entertain the students while Officer Buckle teaches them safety measures. The illustrations of this book are also very detailed and colorful. This grabs the reader’s attention. The big idea or message of this story is that students should follow safety tips that are meant to keep them safe. Teaching children about safety is a good idea and this book does a great job with this. This Contemporary Realistic Fiction book can be related to children’s lives because many children learn about safety throughout school and this is a very cute and fun way to teach safety. The events are very believable and students can put themselves in the student’s shoes in the story.
  katiebanaszak | Sep 29, 2015 |
I liked this book because it teaches some good safety tips and because it teaches the importance of friendship and teamwork. In the story Officer Buckle has a long list of safety tips he shares with students at different schools. Some are silly like, “#72: NEVER swim in a storm sewer” or “#77: NEVER stand on a SWIVEL CHAIR”. All of Officer Buckles safety tips are actually good tips for people to learn and follow like, “Safety Tip Number Two: ALWAYS wipe up spills BEFORE someone SLIPS AND FALLS!”
This book also teaches importance of friendship and teamwork. Once Officer Buckle realized that no one was listening to him when he gave his safety tip speech he said, “I’m not giving any more speeches! Nobody looks at me anyway!” After a big accident at the school lots of kids wrote to Officer Buckle telling him how much they need him. One letter said, “Gloria missed you yesterday!” Officer Buckle realized what a good team him and Gloria made and decided to write another safety tip, “Safety Tip #101: Always stick with your buddy!” This final safety tip shows the importance of friendship.
I think the main idea of this book is to be a good friend and work together as a team. When Officer Buckle gave his safety speeches on his own no one would listen and gloria could not perform without Officer Buckle. By the end of the book Officer Buckle realizes that together they work the best and he felt bad for leaving his buddy to perform on his own. ( )
  kmurph30 | Sep 27, 2015 |
Officer Buckle and Gloria is a fun factional story of about team work and having fun while being safe. The pair are unlikely, but work very well together giving the audience a fun safety talk. Officer Buckle can be a little dry and boring, but Gloria gives him just the right spice. And vise versa, Gloria can not perform without Officer Buckle.
This a very kid friendly book that conveys an awesome simple message on safety. Rathmann did a great job in my opinion, taking a boring subject and giving it some flair. Teamwork is key.
The images in this book are right on, with bright radiate kid friendly colors that make you happy and excited to learn about safety. Also the cute papers that are written to Officer Buckle give it the extra flair of kid friendliness.
All in all this book is an awesome fun read that student will absorb and learn a lot from. ( )
  manderson20 | Sep 23, 2015 |
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Officer Buckle is a roly-poly bloke, dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair. The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep. That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along! Stealthily pantomiming each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria wins the children's hearts. Meanwhile Officer Buckle assumes the cheers and laughter are all for him. As the master comedian Jerry Lewis once explained, every slapstick artist needs a straight man! Children will be highly entertained by the laugh-out-loud, adorable illustrations in this 1996 Caldecott Medal winner, while learning the value of teamwork and a pawful of nifty safety tips. (Ages 4 to 8) --Gail Hudson

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The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

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