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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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The pictures are an especially important part of the story in this one. The reader has a perspective that allows them to see more than well-meaning Officer Buckle sees...
Recommended by Pam. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 6, 2014 |
This book’s lesson on its most surface level is that of safety, but the lasting message is its theme of partnership, which is great for children. Officer Buckle is upset when he learns that Gloria has been performing behind him because he feels that the children aren’t listening to him and his safety tips. As a result he sends Gloria alone, but she has nothing to do when he is not with her. They are more than friends; they are partners, better together than alone. For me I think the illustrations were very emphatic of this element, especially when Gloria sits alone on stage and all the other elements of the drawing (specifically the children in their seats) were the same as on the first page before Gloria did anything unique. It just reiterates that she and Officer Buckle are equal when separate and better together. Also, speaking of the illustrations, I want to mention that they were a PHENOMENAL interpretation of the story; in fact, I don’t think the story could have made much sense without them. Rathmann’s drawings were essential to the plot line, doling out essential information and evoking a comical mood throughout.
  biarias | Feb 19, 2014 |
This is the best book ever, we loved Gloria!! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
Officer Buckle deals in safety tips. When he secures a partner in Gloria the dog, children everywhere book him for his safety speeches. It isn't until later that Officer Buckle realizes that Gloria acts out his safety tips and his more than just a normal police dog.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
Summary: This is a story about a police officer that takes his love of safety to the schools to share with the students. But the students never listen, until he brings his police dog, Gloria. When Gloria is with Officer Buckle the students seem to pay attention and enjoy his safety speech. Probably because of her lively performance of each safety tip that Officer Buckle has no clue she is performing. That is, until the television crew films his presentation. After first getting his feelings hurt that the students enjoyed Gloria’s actions more than his tips, he learns the most important safety tip is to never leave your buddy.

Personal Reaction: This was one of the best stories I have read so far. I loved the understated humor in Gloria’s enactment of each safety tip. I loved that Officer Buckle was completely oblivious to her performance. And I especially loved the wide range of safety tips to be considered that were listed in the inside front cover, such as “always take the toothpick out of your sandwich.” I can’t wait to read this book to the students next week.

Classroom Extension:
1. This book could be used to introduce a unit on safety. Students could come up with safety tips of their own and draw pictures of Gloria demonstrating the hazards.
2. This book could be used to discuss teamwork. Discussing how the two were better as a team than they were alone, students could create a list of other things that are better done as a team than alone. Students could then choose one of those pairs and draw pictures of the book cover that could go with their story.
3. Students could create signs for current classroom safety rules to be displayed in the classroom or school hallway. ( )
  msmarymac | Jan 22, 2014 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:38 -0400)

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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