Officer Buckle and Gloria

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Bibliographic Information: Rathmann, P. (1995). Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York: Putnam’s.

Brief Annotation: Gloria secretly steals the show behind Officer Buckles as he presents his long list of safety tips to an audience of entertained students.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who like dogs; Readers in school; Readers who like police; readers who like rules

Rating/Response: 4 Along with humorous and numerous safety tips, this story presents a more important message on friendship and teamwork. Engaging key illustrations complete this delightful book by supporting the story line in a way that keeps the attentions of both viewers ears AND eyes.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Why do we like to have pictures in our books? “Let’s look for the importance of illustrations in this book!”

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: Along with sharing a heartwarming message through an enjoyable story, this book also provides a great opportunity to address the importance of illustrations and visuals associated with a story.

Posted by: Sammi Keller

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