Friday, February 4, 2011

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

About the book: Officer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone in the town of Napville. But whenever he tries to share his safety tips, nobody listens.Until, that is, the Napville Police Department buys a police dog named Gloria.
Unbeknownst to Officer Buckle, Gloria has her own way of demonstrating safety tips–one that makes Napville sit up and take notice! Suddenly, everybody wants to hear Officer Buckle's safety speech. "And please" people say, "bring along that police dog."
When Officer Buckle discovers he's been upstaged, he vows to give up safety tips once and for all. Can Gloria convince her friend to return to the job he loves, or is Napville about to have its worst accident ever?

First Line: Officer Buckle knew more safety tips than anyone else in Napville

My Thoughts: First off I'd like to point out that this book won the 1996 Caldecott Medal. The illustrations are playful, colorful, and laugh out loud funny. The kids loved going through them and discussing the details, and there are a lot of things to find there. What a great jumping point to discuss the importance of rules at school and at home. There is a great lesson on team work and friendship as well. Even without the teachable moments afforded here it is just great fun to read. I love this book, you will too.


Peggy Rathmann

1 comment:

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Oh I love Caldecott-honor books. The cover seems very vibrant. Will definitely look this up when I visit our library.