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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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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!
Genre: Picture Book
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 |
This was a super cute story about safety and team work. I love all the detail in the background of the pictures. My favorite part was the fact that part of what was going on in the story is solely in the pictures and if you just read the text you don't know what's going on. It would be a really fun lesson to do on inference, especially with little students. ( )
  mccooln | Apr 24, 2014 |
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 |
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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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