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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 is the safety officer for the Napville police department. He usually gives safety talks at the Napville Elementary School. He has amassed almost a hundred safety tips. During his talks the children never pay attention and quite often fall asleep. No matter how many talks or warnings Officer Buckle gave accidents keep happening. Then one day the police department bought a police dog named Gloria. Officer Buckle brought her to his next safety speech. He would have Gloria sit next to him, or so he thought. During his speech Gloria was standing on her head, and jumping up and down. Every time he would turn to check on her she was just sitting there. With all of Gloria’s antics the students were sitting up and paying attention. The number of accidents dropped during the time Officer Buckle and Gloria were giving speeches.
The illustrations in the book have vibrant colors and follow the story very closely. The book has natural spots in the story to stop and ask students questions. The class I read this book to followed it very closely and appeared to enjoy the story. ( )
  ecollado | Oct 26, 2014 |
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Officer Buckle, a Police Officer for Napville county, goes to Elementary school and teaches kids about safety. Every time he gives a speech about safety, the children fall alseep! One day, he brings his dog Gloria, who starts to perform tricks behind Officer Buckle, and the children are so amused. After receiving many thank you letters from the children, the news station decides to record Officer Buckle's speeches, and he later watches his speech that evening. He realizes that the children only liked Gloria, and he stopped going to safety speeches, until students wrote him letters that said "Gloria missed you yesterday!" He then realized you should always stick with your buddy.

This book is great for elementary students and teaches an important message about safety and sticking close with your friends. Children can get easily bored while listening to assemblies about safety, although with the help of Gloria, this book teaches valueable safety tips such as "never run with a pop bottle in your mouth" and "never play on construction sites!" I believe this book is great for all ages in elementary school. ( )
  mkaray1 | Oct 23, 2014 |
This picture book was about a Police Officer who goes to Elementary school and teaches kids about safety. However, every time he teaches all the kids fall asleep! Until one day when his dog starts to do tricks behind him and keeps the laugh going from all the young children. This book is great for elementary students and teaches an important message about safety. Sometimes I can see children getting easily bored from listening to rules but with the help of his dog he successfully engages the audience. The moral/theme of this book is friendship and the ability to work together. Which is great for all ages in elementary school. I feel as if 6th grade students could even gain knowledge from this book!
  Jclark5 | Sep 21, 2014 |
This a heart warming tale about a police officer and his dog. The lesson is always stick with your buddy. Sometimes, somethings just aren't the same without them.
  SRThompson | Sep 8, 2014 |
Summary: This is about a police officer who does speeches about safety at local elementary schools and everyone would just fall asleep. One day, while he is presenting, Gloria, the dog is doing tricks behind him and the crowd is laughing historically. It's a success. One day, when he finds out it is because of Gloria, he gets depressed and doesn't want to teach safety anymore. Then, he gets a letter from a girl named Claire and decides he will go back to doing it, but this time with Gloria!
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Review: This book was recommended to me by my best friend and I loved it! The storyline was so easy to understand because a lot of people go through the same thing. It is a cute book to teach about safety and learning to laugh at yourself.
  mroque | Jun 8, 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

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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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