Officer Buckle and Gloria Author:Peggy Rathmann Officer Buckle knows a lot about safety, but his boring lectures put his audiences to sleep. When he brings in his new partner, police dog Gloria, his lecture is suddenly a success! He has never seen the students so attentive, and the accident rate in the Napville schools actually decreases. What Officer Buckle doesn't realize is that Gloria is ... more »acting out the terrible accidents he describes; for example, when he warns about electric shock, Gloria stands behind him and jumps up with all her fur standing on end. When Officer Buckle discovers Gloria's antics, he angrily quits the lecture circuit. Can the students of Napville reunite man and dog? This funny look at the important issues of friendship, teamwork, and safety is the winner of the 1996 Caldecott Medal.« less
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Another Peggy Rathmann book that we fell in love with! My grandkids had fun reading Officer Buckle's notes throughout the book. Officer Buckle is the safety officer but he doesn't make an impact until Gloria the police dog becomes his partner. Gloria wakes the kids up and gets their attention. Meanwhile, Napville becomes a much more safe place. They are filmed and Officer Buckles sees that it's because of Gloria that he's had so much success-he gets bummed and gives up the safety speaking tour. Napville ends up having a huge disaster and he sees how much his message is still needed and how much his partner needs him too. It's a fun way to learn about safety and to have the kids spot the unsafe and safe ways of doing things. Highly recommend!