Item description for Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book) by Peggy Rathmann...
Overview 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
"Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips -- such as 'always pull the toothpick out of your sandwhich' and 'never lick a stop sign in the winter' -- add to the enjoyment. A glorious picture book." -- "The Horn Book" "Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of chidren's books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think." -- "Children's Book Review Magazine" "Rathman brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book." -- "Publisher's Weekly" "A five-star performance." -- "School Library Journal"
Awards and Recognitions Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book) by Peggy Rathmann has received the following awards and recognitions -
Florida Children's Book Award - 1997 Winner - Pre K - 2nd Grade category
Caldecott Medal - 1996 Winner - Picture Book category
North Carolina Children's Book Award - 1997 Winner - Picture Book category
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - 1997 Winner - Grades K-3 category
Kentucky Bluegrass Award - 1997 Winner - Grades K-3 category
Citations And Professional Reviews Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book) by Peggy Rathmann has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1487
Publishers Weekly - 07/17/1995 page 229
Booklist - 11/01/1995 page 471
Booklist Ed Choice Youth - 01/01/1996 page 743
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1995 page 42
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 727
School Library Journal - 05/01/1998 page 53
SLJ's Best Books - 12/01/1995 page 23
ALA Notable Childrens Books - 01/01/1996 page 1288
Kirkus Review - Children - 08/15/1995 page 1193
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 680
School Library Journal - 09/01/1995
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 982
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.36" Width: 8.92" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 1995
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0399226168 ISBN13 9780399226168
Availability 0 units.
More About Peggy Rathmann
Caldecott-medalist Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters.
"In the summer we lolled in plastic wading pools guzzling Kool-Aid. In the winter we sculpted giant snow animals. It was a good life."
Ms. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, then attended colleges everywhere, changing her major repeatedly. She eventually earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.
"I wanted to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a class in signing, I realized what I'd rather do was draw pictures of gorillas."
Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.
"I spent the first three weeks of my writing class at Otis Parsons filching characters from my classmates' stories. Finally, the teacher convinced me that even a beginning writer can create an original character if the character is driven by the writer's most secret weirdness. Eureka! A little girl with a passion for plagiarism! I didn't want anyone to know it was me, so I made the character look like my sister."
The resulting book, Ruby the Copycat, earned Ms. Rathmann the "Most Promising New Author" distinction in Publishers Weekly's 1991 annual Cuffie Awards. In 1992 she illustrated Bootsie Barker Bites for Barbara Bottner, her teacher at Otis Parsons.
A homework assignment produced an almost wordless story, Good Night, Gorilla, inspired by a childhood memory.
"When I was little, the highlight of the summer was running barefoot through the grass, in the dark, screaming. We played kick-the-can, and three-times-around-the-house, and sometimes we just stood staring into other people's picture windows, wondering what it would be like to go home to someone else's house."
That story, however, was only nineteen pages long, and everyone agreed that the ending was a dud. Two years and ten endings later, Good Night, Gorilla was published and recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994.
The recipient of the 1996 Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria, is the story of a school safety officer upstaged by his canine partner.
"We have a videotape of my mother chatting in the dining room while, unnoticed by her or the cameraman, the dog is licking every poached egg on the buffet. The next scene shows the whole family at the breakfast table, complimenting my mother on the delicious poached eggs. The dog, of course, is pretending not to know what a poached egg is. The first time we watched that tape we were so shocked, we couldn't stop laughing. I suspect that videotape had a big influence on my choice of subject matter."
Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco, in an apartment she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of ants.
copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Peggy Rathmann currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book)?
a fantastic story Jun 6, 2008
this is the book our 16 month old picks up every morning when he wakes up and wants to read... a great story.
Love it! Mar 25, 2008
I absolutely LOVE this book...............I have my special copy, and I am 'over 37'........and I also give it to special people in my life. It is delicately beautiful....and....lets us all know that puppies are more human than human beings.....
Canine-Human Relationship Made Simple! Mar 18, 2008
I use Officer Buckle and Gloria with kindergartners when I teach my humane education classes. I found it well-written because it was "engaging" for the students, keeping the attention of the children as it moved forward to its happy conclusion. The colorful illustrations throughout the book were great for helping communicate the action. I recommend it for pre-K and K children as a way to enhance their love and appreciation of dogs! Donna Forst, M.A., Education Coordinator, Hawaii Dog Foundation
better than a lot of adult books Nov 27, 2007
I'm substitute teaching and I just read this book to a bunch of first graders. I was cracking up laughing all the way through (the kids were a bit puzzled). Cute book and entertaining for all ages - nevermind the ages 4-8 designation. The illustrations are priceless.
More Officer Buckle and Gloria! Nov 2, 2007
My almost 2-year old son can't get enough of this book. This was also his sister's favorite childhood book (she still loves it, and she's now 11). She began reading it to him a couple of months ago at bedtime, and now he asks for a reading every night, and some mornings too! "More officer buckle and glorwia mease, officer buckle and glorwia mease!"