A FEW OTHER EVENTS FOR
- Happy birthday David McPhail (Edward and the Pirates, Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore) and Mollie Hunter (A Stranger Came Ashore).
- In 1859 French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope to an audience of five thousand. Read Mirette & Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully, Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby by Jane Oâ€™Connor, illustrated by Margot Apple, and Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.
- The forty-hour workweek was established in 1936. Read The Bobbin Girl by Emily Arnold McCully.
- Happy birthday to the National Organization of Women/NOW, founded on this day in 1966. Read Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt.
June has been designated National Safety Month to promote safety at work, at home, on the road, and in our communities. Safety might seem a bit dull as a topic for a book for children, but the book of the day, Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, demonstrates that highly creative people can make seemingly mundane topics into fascinating reading. Winner of the Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria has been delighting young readers for more than fifteen years. Beginning and closing with endpapers that show a variety of safety tips, the book conveys many rules about safe behaviorâ€”and does so with humor.
Friendly Officer Buckle knows more safety tips than anyone in his town and appears at schools to share them. Unfortunately, hisÂ speeches generate little enthusiasm from the students. No one, in fact, listens to him at all, no matter what wisdom he imparts. Fortunately, he begins to take his new police dog Gloria with him. Gloria can do more than sit; she can act out the very safety lesson he describesâ€”cleaning up spilled liquids, tying shoelaces, or avoiding thumbtacks. Since Officer Buckle doesnâ€™t see Gloriaâ€™s actions, his speech looks like a funny play, and this pas de deux gets rave reviews from the children. Only after he watches himself on television does the good police officer realize that Gloria has been hamming it up for applause.
At first hurt, he grows to realize that the two can do together what neither of them can do alone. With one of the best final picture book lines of all time, the officer gives safety tip #101 â€śALWAYS STICK WITH YOUR BUDDY!â€ť
In this perfect picture book, author Peggy Rathmann creates tension on every page between what is said in the text and what is revealed in the art. With a multitude of real safety tips throughout the story, this book demonstrates that learning about anythingâ€”even safetyâ€”can be fun. So during National Safety Month, remember to check both ways before you cross the street, buckle your seat belt, obey all traffic signs, and read, at least once, Officer Buckle and Gloria. You will be glad that you have followed my sound advice.
Here’s a page from Officer Buckle and Gloria:
Originally posted June 30, 2011. Updated for .