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Lois Lowry,作家与作品


Lois Lowry


Lois Lowry (born Lois Ann Hammersberg[1] on March 20, 1937) is an American author of children's literature. She began her career as a photographerand a freelance journalist during the early 1970s. Her work as a journalist drew the attention of Houghton Mifflin and they encouraged her to write her first children's book, A Summer to Die, which was published in 1977 (when Lowry was 40 years old). She has since written more than 30 books for children and published an autobiography. Two of her works have been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal: Number the Stars in 1990, and The Giver in 1993.

As an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children. She has explored such complex issues as racism,terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust among other challenging topics. She has also explored very controversial issues of questioning authority such as in The Giver Trilogy. Her writing on such matters has brought her both praise and criticism. In particular, her work The Giver has been met with a diversity of reactions from schools in America, some of which have adopted her book as a part of the mandatory curriculum, while others have prohibited the book's inclusion in classroom studies.


Biography

Lowry was born on March 20, 1937, in Hawaii,[2] to parents Robert and Katharine (Landis) Hammersberg. Initially, Lois' parents named her "Cena" for herNorwegian grandmother but upon hearing this, her grandmother telegraphed and instructed Lois' parents that the child should have an American name.[3]Her parents chose the names Lois and Ann, which were the names of her father's sisters.

Lowry was born the middle of three children. She had an older sister, Helen, and a younger brother Jon. Helen, three years older than Lois, died in 1962 at the age of 28. This experience informed Lowry's first book A Summer to Die which is about a young girl who tragically loses her older sister (which is also a subplot of Number the Stars). Lowry's brother Jon is six years younger than she and grew up to be a doctor. He and Lois continue to enjoy a close relationship.[4]

Lowry's father was a career military officer - an Army dentist, - whose work moved the family all over the United States and to many parts of the world. Lowry and her family moved from Hawaii to Brooklyn, New York, in 1939 when Lowry was two years old and later relocated to her mother's hometown,Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1942 when Lowry's father was deployed to the Pacific during World War II. Lowry's father served on a hospital ship called theUSS Hope and on the island of Tinian during the war.

Following World War II, Lowry and her family moved to Tokyo, Japan, where her father was stationed from 1948-1950. Lowry went through junior high school at the Tokyo American School at Meguro, a special school for the children of military families, and then returned to the United States to attend high school. Lowry and her family briefly lived in Carlisle again in 1950 before moving to Fort Jay at Governors Island, New York, where Lois attended Curtis High School on Staten Island. In 1952, Lois entered Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where she finished high school. Lowry entered Brown University in 1954. She attended for two years until her marriage at age 19 to Donald Lowry, a U.S. Navy officer, in 1956. Together they had four children: daughters Alix and Kristin, and sons Grey and Benjamin.[5]

The Lowrys moved quite frequently in their early years of marriage due to Donald's military career. They lived in California, Connecticut (where Alix was born), Florida (where Grey was born), South Carolina, and finally Cambridge, Massachusetts (where Kristin and Benjamin were born). The family settled in Cambridge after Donald left military service to attend Harvard Law School. After Donald Lowry finished law school, the family moved to Portland, Maine.[5]

As her children became older, Lowry found time to complete her degree in English literature from the University of Southern Maine[6] in Portland in 1972. After earning her B.A., she pursued graduate studies at her alma mater. It was during this coursework that she was introduced to photography, which became a life-long passion as well as a profession. Her specialty was child photography, but she also took pictures to accompany the articles she submitted as a freelance journalist. It was while working on a freelance journalism piece for Redbook magazine that Lowry got her first book opportunity, when the article she wrote caught the attention of an editor at Houghton Mifflin publishing. The story Lowry had written for the magazine was meant for adults but was written through the eyes of a child. The editor at Houghton Mifflin recognized an upcoming talent and suggested that Lowry write a children's book. She agreed and wrote A Summer to Die which was published in 1977. As Lowry nurtured her budding careers, she and Donald Lowry found they were no longer compatible; they divorced in 1977 when Lowry was 40 years old. Lowry said the following of these transitional years of her life: "My children grew up in Maine. So did I. I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks."[4]

Writing about both funny things and serious issues has sustained Lois Lowry through her own hard times. Her son Grey was killed in the crash of his fighter plane in 1995. Lowry has acknowledged that this was the most difficult day of her life, but through her steady work as an author, she has persevered. Lowry said, "His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world. But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth." Later, Ben and his wife have a baby named Grey Lowry to remember "Zane" Grey for his service to the airforce. [4]
Today, Lois Lowry remains active by not only continuing to write and speaking at appearances, but also enjoying time at her homes in Massachusetts and Maine. Lois takes pleasure in reading, knitting, gardening, and entertaining her four grandchildren.[5]

Lowry wrote of her hope for the future recently on her blog, "I am a grandmother now. For my own grandchildren - and for all those of their generation - I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another." [6]

Lowry has suggested that she is religious, but not so religious as "to have a favorite psalm."
[7]



Bibliography

The Giver Trilogy
The Anastasia SeriesThe Sam SeriesThe Tates Series
  • 1983 The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline
  • 1985 Switcharound
  • 1990 Your Move, J.P.!
The Gooney Bird SeriesAutobiographicalOthers
接触Lois Lowry是从她的giver的三部曲开始的,觉得比较深奥,想象力丰富。偶尔发现绘本Crow Call,是她09年的作品。这让我想起了owl moon,虽然事情不同,但其中都洋溢着父女之间的快乐。 附作者照片和一张封面:

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Lois Lowry_The Giver 赐予者

准备带女儿读 Lois Lowry写的The Giver 赐予者。

还没看这本书,看介绍觉得适合大些的孩子看:)

Giver 内容简介:
  "A powerful and provacative novel."-- The New York Times
  When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. Now, it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
  (本书每页约300个单词)《赐予者》是洛伊丝·洛利最著名的也是最受争议的作品,这本著作曾经荣获1994年纽柏瑞儿童文学奖,是一部十分精彩的著作。它描述了一个作者自己想像出来的理想乌托邦世界。在她想象出来的这个世界里,人们的生活都被安排得好好的,人们不用决定工作,不用决定配偶,这些都已经由这个理想的世界帮你做好了决定。而这个世界也没有记忆、感情、颜色及音乐,生活在里面的人们只拥有最基本的生活需求。但是这个世界里面,却有一个人例外,他一个人承担了这整个世界该有的记忆,他必须独自承受痛苦、恐惧和孤单,而他也同时知道什么是温暖、幸福和爱,他被称为赐予者。当12岁的男主角乔纳 斯成为领受这个记忆的接班人之后,他得到了他以前所不曾有过的经验,而当他知道愈多时,他愈发现这个世界的不合理,于是最后他选择逃离,可一切似乎都不能回头了……

joyo的介绍:http://www.amazon.cn/mn/detailApp/ref=sr_1_1?_encoding=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270688119&asin=B001BJ02J8&sr=8-1#

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《授者》(The Giver)

The Giver 记忆传授者(纽伯瑞金奖小说)——转帖书评!

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The Giver 译为赐予者或授者,洛伊丝·洛利的作品.是她最著名的也是最受争议的作品.《The Giver》描述了一个作者Lois Lowry自己想像出来的理想乌托邦世界。在这个community里,人们的生活都被安排得好好的,人们不用决定工作,不用决定配偶,这些community都帮你做好了决定。而这个世界也没有记忆、感情,颜色,及音乐,他们只拥有最基本的生活需求。但是这个community里面,却有一个人例外,他一个人承担了整个community该有的记忆,他必须独自承受痛苦、恐惧、和孤单,而他也同时知道什麼是温暖、幸福和爱。他被称为the receiver of memory(也就是The Giver)。当12岁的男主角Jonas成为这个the receiver of memory的接班人后,他得到了他以前所不曾有过的经验,而当他知道愈多时,他愈发现这个世界的不合理,於是最后他选择逃离……

整本小说有个让我最被震撼甚至於全身起鸡皮疙瘩的布局,而作者安排的极为巧妙。书中Jonas拥有一个能力,他可以sees beyond,一开始我们完全不了解sees beyond是什麼,包括Jonas。这能力的第一次出现在苹果身上,Jonas和他朋友Asher玩丢苹果时,Jonas隐约发现苹果出现了变化,而我们不知道那变化是什麼,也无法想像;再来这变化当Jonas站在台上望著底下一大群人时又出现了,但我们仍不知道这变化是什麼,直到Jonas去找The Giver。当The Giver让Jonas进入了回忆的世界中,Jonas发现他在雪地上踩的雪橇也发生了变化,但这变化却不是一闪而逝,而是持续存在时,The Giver知道这变化是什麼了。

原来Jonas看到的东西,这一开始总是一闪而逝的变化是「红色」,原来Jonas生活的世界没有颜色。我想光是这个安排,就值得看这本小说,也让我深感佩服Lois Lowry的创意。而另一个更神奇的地方则是,The Giver当年的能力不是sees beyond,而是hears beyond,他可以听得到「音乐」。一个没有爱没有恨没有痛苦没有快乐没有颜色没有音乐的世界,而这全部都要由The Giver承担时,难怪Jonas会想要逃离了,虽然逃亡的地点未知,是生是死也无法掌握……


豆瓣书评:
《The Giver》是一本反乌托邦小说。反乌托邦是20世纪下半叶西方常见的一个小说主题。但是,和《1984》不同,《The Giver》描述的乌托邦社区中,并没有一群高高在上的秘密警察:这个乌托邦不是建立在恐怖威胁的基础上的。而且,社区的统治者们(The Elders),也不靠愚弄群众维系他们的统治;他们确实做到了和群众平等,他们和群众一样无知。唯一与众不同的人是“接受者”(The Receiver)。他接受所有人的记忆,使他们忘却战争、死亡、饥饿、疼痛,也忘记爱、温暖、颜色、音乐。在小说描绘的乌托邦中,人们凭借药片掩盖肉体的病痛或伤痛,凭借药片抑制性冲动;每天早晚,他们分享梦或一天的“感情”,在讨论中用理性抚平、规范这些“感情”。于是,这些忘记了一切、没有任何感情的人们可以形成一个完全平等的社会(The Sameness),彼此彬彬有礼,永远和谐共处。
  
  在阅读的开始,这样一个乌托邦是让人喜爱的。即使是在知道了他们的世界何等乏味之后,仍然让人充满矛盾:用牺牲情感的代价,去换取和平、富庶,以及人们感知中的满意,难道一定不值得吗?直到小说接近尾声时,作者终于披露了这个乌托邦中的又一个秘密:他们所谓的将成员“放走”(release),其实就是将他们杀死。社区中的所有人——不够健康的婴儿、“犯规”三次的成年人、活到一定岁数的老人,都是这样被“放走”的。在这样的规定下,没有人见过病死的亲人或朋友,没有人见过临死者对生的依恋,也就没有人真正了解什么是死亡。所以,他们才能如此心安理得地“放走”身边的人,为他们举行盛大的“放走”庆祝会。只有读至此处,这个乌托邦才突然叫人如此毛骨悚然。即使是生活在布满恐怖的极权体制下,至少惯常的人性会让人知道热爱生命、畏惧死亡。但是,在这个没有感情的世界中,所有的人性都突然间荡然无存。
  
  在阅读《The Giver》之前,我从来不会意识到,人的情感是何等难得。只是这个没有感情的世界让我突然明白:原来我们的情感与逻辑思维一样,是习得的,而非与生俱来的。它并不是动物性的,而是社会性的,和理性一样,标志着人类在动物群中的特殊地位。
  
  人类习得情感的方式,是经历,包括自己切身的经历和分享他人的经历,后者还有一个内在化的过程,即通过分享,将他人的经历内在化为自己的情感(这还不是说“理解之同情”的问题,而是指让他人的经历激起自己的情感)。在这两种经历中,尤其是后一种中,人与人的情感发生分歧、差异。除了经历本身的差异外,分享他人经历的能力的差异,尤为明显地带来这种情感体验的差异。这种差异可以表现在情感类型上,也可以表现在感受深刻程度(情感细腻程度)上。
  
  与逻辑思维一样,情感构成我们认知世界的一条途径。这是与逻辑思维平行的一条途径。平行意味着它们互相独立,且不存在“高下”之分。在理性主义影响我们思维方式的时代,我们太容易认定逻辑思维能力代表了人类更“高级”的理性思维,但实际上,情感的获取可能比逻辑思维的获取更困难。和逻辑思维能力影响我们认识世界一样,“情感能力”的高下——如上所述,它由阅历和从阅历中感受的能力两部分组成——同样影响我们对世界的认知。如果说“智商”代表一个人的逻辑能力的话,那相应的,“情商”代表情感能力,两者结合才产生“智慧”。
  
  就我个人而言,我认为较之逻辑能力,我更珍视“情感能力”,更愿意为自己体验情感及分享他人情感的能力自豪。在我看来,情感体现着人性中更本质也更宝贵的一面。比起理性思维,“笑过、哭过、爱过、痛过”更清楚地标志着一个人“活过”。如果说保障“个人价值”是我始终坚信的终极价值,那么这一“个人价值”中非常重要的一部分,就是个人情感被尊重,不被压制,不因谎言而无法被意识到。这就是所谓的“生活在真实中”。而如果不生活在这样的真实中,我们的“活着”本身将变得虚无、不真实。也是从这个意义上说,生命将不再从数量或长度上被衡量,而是以其“真实”程度得到衡量。
  
  在《The Giver》中,“接受者”拿走人们所有的记忆,对于塑造这个无感情的乌托邦而言,是不可或缺的一环。作者已经深刻地意识到,经历/记忆/历史是塑造人情感的基础。不同于逻辑理性可以建构在较少的经验与较多的抽象思维的基础上,人的情感是通过人与人的关系形成的,因此必需丰富的阅历才能充分发展。又由于每个个体阅历的有限性,我们事实上只能依靠口耳相传的他人的阅历,丰富自己的情感。所以,前人的经验——记忆/历史才显得如此重要。也是在情感而非理性的意义上,历史证明了它对人类特殊的价值。

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The Giver 记忆传授者(纽伯瑞金奖小说)——转帖书评!

The Giver 记忆传授者(纽伯瑞金奖小说)

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The Giver 译为赐予者或授者,洛伊丝·洛利的作品.是她最著名的也是最受争议的作品.《The Giver》描述了一个作者Lois Lowry自己想像出来的理想乌托邦世界。在这个community里,人们的生活都被安排得好好的,人们不用决定工作,不用决定配偶,这些community都帮你做好了决定。而这个世界也没有记忆、感情,颜色,及音乐,他们只拥有最基本的生活需求。但是这个community里面,却有一个人例外,他一个人承担了整个community该有的记忆,他必须独自承受痛苦、恐惧、和孤单,而他也同时知道什麼是温暖、幸福和爱。他被称为the receiver of memory(也就是The Giver)。当12岁的男主角Jonas成为这个the receiver of memory的接班人后,他得到了他以前所不曾有过的经验,而当他知道愈多时,他愈发现这个世界的不合理,於是最后他选择逃离……


整本小说有个让我最被震撼甚至於全身起鸡皮疙瘩的布局,而作者安排的极为巧妙。书中Jonas拥有一个能力,他可以sees beyond,一开始我们完全不了解sees beyond是什麼,包括Jonas。这能力的第一次出现在苹果身上,Jonas和他朋友Asher玩丢苹果时,Jonas隐约发现苹果出现了变化,而我们不知道那变化是什麼,也无法想像;再来这变化当Jonas站在台上望著底下一大群人时又出现了,但我们仍不知道这变化是什麼,直到Jonas去找The Giver。当The Giver让Jonas进入了回忆的世界中,Jonas发现他在雪地上踩的雪橇也发生了变化,但这变化却不是一闪而逝,而是持续存在时,The Giver知道这变化是什麼了。


原来Jonas看到的东西,这一开始总是一闪而逝的变化是「红色」,原来Jonas生活的世界没有颜色。我想光是这个安排,就值得看这本小说,也让我深感佩服Lois Lowry的创意。而另一个更神奇的地方则是,The Giver当年的能力不是sees beyond,而是hears beyond,他可以听得到「音乐」。一个没有爱没有恨没有痛苦没有快乐没有颜色没有音乐的世界,而这全部都要由The Giver承担时,难怪Jonas会想要逃离了,虽然逃亡的地点未知,是生是死也无法掌握……



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《The Giver》是一本反乌托邦小说。反乌托邦是20世纪下半叶西方常见的一个小说主题。但是,和《1984》不同,《The Giver》描述的乌托邦社区中,并没有一群高高在上的秘密警察:这个乌托邦不是建立在恐怖威胁的基础上的。而且,社区的统治者们(The Elders),也不靠愚弄群众维系他们的统治;他们确实做到了和群众平等,他们和群众一样无知。唯一与众不同的人是“接受者”(The Receiver)。他接受所有人的记忆,使他们忘却战争、死亡、饥饿、疼痛,也忘记爱、温暖、颜色、音乐。在小说描绘的乌托邦中,人们凭借药片掩盖肉体的病痛或伤痛,凭借药片抑制性冲动;每天早晚,他们分享梦或一天的“感情”,在讨论中用理性抚平、规范这些“感情”。于是,这些忘记了一切、没有任何感情的人们可以形成一个完全平等的社会(The Sameness),彼此彬彬有礼,永远和谐共处。

  
  在阅读的开始,这样一个乌托邦是让人喜爱的。即使是在知道了他们的世界何等乏味之后,仍然让人充满矛盾:用牺牲情感的代价,去换取和平、富庶,以及人们感知中的满意,难道一定不值得吗?直到小说接近尾声时,作者终于披露了这个乌托邦中的又一个秘密:他们所谓的将成员“放走”(release),其实就是将他们杀死。社区中的所有人——不够健康的婴儿、“犯规”三次的成年人、活到一定岁数的老人,都是这样被“放走”的。在这样的规定下,没有人见过病死的亲人或朋友,没有人见过临死者对生的依恋,也就没有人真正了解什么是死亡。所以,他们才能如此心安理得地“放走”身边的人,为他们举行盛大的“放走”庆祝会。只有读至此处,这个乌托邦才突然叫人如此毛骨悚然。即使是生活在布满恐怖的极权体制下,至少惯常的人性会让人知道热爱生命、畏惧死亡。但是,在这个没有感情的世界中,所有的人性都突然间荡然无存。

  
  在阅读《The Giver》之前,我从来不会意识到,人的情感是何等难得。只是这个没有感情的世界让我突然明白:原来我们的情感与逻辑思维一样,是习得的,而非与生俱来的。它并不是动物性的,而是社会性的,和理性一样,标志着人类在动物群中的特殊地位。

  
  人类习得情感的方式,是经历,包括自己切身的经历和分享他人的经历,后者还有一个内在化的过程,即通过分享,将他人的经历内在化为自己的情感(这还不是说“理解之同情”的问题,而是指让他人的经历激起自己的情感)。在这两种经历中,尤其是后一种中,人与人的情感发生分歧、差异。除了经历本身的差异外,分享他人经历的能力的差异,尤为明显地带来这种情感体验的差异。这种差异可以表现在情感类型上,也可以表现在感受深刻程度(情感细腻程度)上。

  
  与逻辑思维一样,情感构成我们认知世界的一条途径。这是与逻辑思维平行的一条途径。平行意味着它们互相独立,且不存在“高下”之分。在理性主义影响我们思维方式的时代,我们太容易认定逻辑思维能力代表了人类更“高级”的理性思维,但实际上,情感的获取可能比逻辑思维的获取更困难。和逻辑思维能力影响我们认识世界一样,“情感能力”的高下——如上所述,它由阅历和从阅历中感受的能力两部分组成——同样影响我们对世界的认知。如果说“智商”代表一个人的逻辑能力的话,那相应的,“情商”代表情感能力,两者结合才产生“智慧”。

  
  就我个人而言,我认为较之逻辑能力,我更珍视“情感能力”,更愿意为自己体验情感及分享他人情感的能力自豪。在我看来,情感体现着人性中更本质也更宝贵的一面。比起理性思维,“笑过、哭过、爱过、痛过”更清楚地标志着一个人“活过”。如果说保障“个人价值”是我始终坚信的终极价值,那么这一“个人价值”中非常重要的一部分,就是个人情感被尊重,不被压制,不因谎言而无法被意识到。这就是所谓的“生活在真实中”。而如果不生活在这样的真实中,我们的“活着”本身将变得虚无、不真实。也是从这个意义上说,生命将不再从数量或长度上被衡量,而是以其“真实”程度得到衡量。

  
  在《The Giver》中,“接受者”拿走人们所有的记忆,对于塑造这个无感情的乌托邦而言,是不可或缺的一环。作者已经深刻地意识到,经历/记忆/历史是塑造人情感的基础。不同于逻辑理性可以建构在较少的经验与较多的抽象思维的基础上,人的情感是通过人与人的关系形成的,因此必需丰富的阅历才能充分发展。又由于每个个体阅历的有限性,我们事实上只能依靠口耳相传的他人的阅历,丰富自己的情感。所以,前人的经验——记忆/历史才显得如此重要。也是在情感而非理性的意义上,历史证明了它对人类特殊的价值。





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Lois Lowry的The Giver Quartet

Lois Lowry的The Giver Quartet。

此书被amazon评为Best Teen Books of 2012,音频入选ALA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2013




 





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Lois Gooney Bird Greene (series)

《朗读手册》作者崔利斯也推荐了这系列,以下是转自他网站对这系列书的评论:


Gooney Bird Greene (series)

by Lois Lowry      Gr. K-2      88 pages      Houghton, 2002; Dell paperback, 2004


With the annual publication rate for children's books now reaching more than 8,000 titles, it's inevitable that any reviewer (even the most attentive) will miss a good one here or there. Such is the case with Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird Greene, whimsical short novel who is the antithesis of Junie B. Jones in civil behavior but a carbon copy in uniqueness and irrepressibility. Somehow, I missed Gooney when it first came out and discovered it only recently through the recommendation of a classroom teacher.

And just like Junie, Gooney Bird would be a welcome addition to any classroom, except with the latter, even the teacher would be glad to have her aboard. She's smart, mature, kind, and in charge at all times — or at least she wants to be, which sometimes presents a challenge for the teacher. Here's how Lowry introduces us to Gooney Bird:

There was a new student in the Watertower Elementary School. She arrived in October, after the first month of school had already passed. She opened the second grade classroom door at ten o'clock on a Wednesday morning and appeared there all alone, without even a mother to introduce her. She was wearing pajamas and cowboy boots and was holding a dictionary and a lunch box.

"Hello," Mrs. Pidgeon, the second grade teacher, said.

"We're in the middle of our spelling lesson."

"Good," said the girl in pajamas. "I brought my dictionary.

Where's my desk?"

"Who are you?" Mrs. Pidgeon asked politely.

"I'm your new student. My name is Gooney Bird Greene that's Greene with a silent 'e' at the end - and I just moved here from China. I want a desk right smack in the middle of the room, because I like to be right smack in the middle of everything. "

The class stared at the new girl with admiration. They had never met anyone like Gooney Bird Greene.

She was a good student. She sat down at the desk Mrs. Pidgeon provided, right smack in the middle of everything, and began doing second grade spelling. She did all her work neatly and quickly, and she followed instructions.

But soon it was clear that Gooney Bird was mysterious and interesting. Her clothes were unusual. Her hairstyles were unusual. Even her lunches were very unusual.

At lunchtime on Wednesday, her first day in the school, she opened her lunch box and brought out sushi and a pair of bright green chopsticks. On Thursday, her second day at Watertower Elementary School, Gooney Bird Greene was wearing a pink ballet tutu over green stretch pants, and she had three small red grapes, an avocado, and an oatmeal cookie for lunch.

On Thursday afternoon, after lunch, Mrs. Pidgeon stood in front of the class with a piece of chalk in her hand. "Today," she said, "we are going to continue talking about stories."
"Yay!" the second-graders said in very loud voices, all but Felicia Ann, who never spoke, and Malcolm, who wasn't paying attention. He was under his desk, as usual.

"Gooney Bird, you weren't here for the first month of school. But our class has been learning about what makes good stories, haven't we?" Mrs. Pidgeon said.

From this point on, Gooney pretty much takes over and teaches both the art of storytelling and the fact that everyone has their own unique story to tell. Of course, no one's tale is quite as original as Gooney Bird's. For example. her first class offering is "How Gooney Bird Came from China on a Flying Carpet," which proves to be absolutely true, to the amazement of her teacher and class.


Sequels: Gooney Bird and the Home Room Mother; Gooney the Fabulous; and Gooney Bird Is So Absurd. The Newbery-winning Lowry has long been one of our most gifted writers for children and this series proves again her great versatility. Anyone who can give us Autumn Street; The Giver; Number the Stars; Anastasia Krupnik; and Gooney Bird Greene in one lifetime of writing— now that is a true world-class children's author. Also by the author, the memoir Looking Back: A Book of Memories. For more on Lowry at this site (including a 50-minute audio interview, see Number the Stars.

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Lois Lowry - The Gooney Bird Collection

Lois Lowry打造的初级章节书,很多书单都推荐阅读此系列。



Product Description

This four-story collection includes:

Gooney Bird Greene
There’s never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. She is the star of story time and keeps her class on the edge of their seats with her “absolutely true” stories. But do her classmates have stories good enough to share?

Gooney Bird and the Room Mother
Gooney Bird wants to have the lead role of Squanto in her class Thanksgiving pageant. But that role will go to whoever finds someone to be the room mother. Gooney Bird finds a room mother alright, but promises not to tell who it is until the day of the play. But will the mystery room mother really show up?

Gooney the Fabulous
Gooney Bird has a fabulous idea after her teacher reads fables to the class. Her fabulous idea is that each student create their own fable and tell it to the class! Everyone but Nicholas is excited about their stories and costumes. Can Gooney Bird find out why Nicholas is unhappy and get him to join in the fun?

Gooney Bird Is So Absurd
On the day that Gooney Bird wears her special brain-warming hat to school, Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. But just when things are going well, the kids get some terrible news. And Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written.

About the Author
Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her best-selling novel The Giver, her books have garnered countless honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals. Look for Number the Stars, Messenger, The Silent Boy, Gathering Blue, Gossamer, The Willoughbys, and The Giver on audio from Listening Library.

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Reading level: Ages 4-8
Audio CD
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (March 24, 2009)

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Lois Lowry 章节书

好像一些高楼里面有这些作品,再推荐一次吧。


Lois Lowry, 这个作者出了很多好作品,不过我手里只有四部:

The Giver

Gathering Blue

Messenger

Number the Stars



Crow Call,这个作品去年的时候被时代杂志评为去年的10大儿童作品,看不到真是可惜啊!





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messenger和gathering blue

messenger和gathering blue


非常喜欢.我看过messenger和gathering blue。

这两本时间上有延续性,都是讲有特殊天赋的人。
情节很紧凑,个人更喜欢看messenger.

先留个脚印

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Lois Lowry,阅读年龄

非常感谢!

英语为母语国家的孩子也是到9-12或Young Adult读上述作品。

前些天刚给孩子买了The Giver的音频,现在又有了其他的好书。

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Lois Lowry的sam系列

Lois Lowry大家很熟悉了,论坛有很多她的书和音频,曾经两次获得Newbery Medal: Number the Stars in 1990, and The Giver in 1993. The Sam Series系列:

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回复: Lois Lowry,作家与作品

Thank you very much for posting Lois Lowry's book The Giver. I've heard from the English teacher that it is one of her favourite books, so it's great to find it at last. Thank you again!

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Lois Lowry,The Willoughbys



Editorial Reviews


From Publishers Weekly


Starred Review. SignatureReviewed by Lemony SnicketLois Lowry, who casts her noble and enviable shadow wide across the landscape of children's literature, from fantasy to realism, here turns her quick, sly gaze to parody, a word which in this case means "a short novel mocking the conventions of old-fashioned children's books stuffed with orphans, nannies and long-lost heirs." These clichés are ripe if familiar targets, but Ms. Lowry knocks off these barrel-dwelling fish with admirable aplomb in The Willoughbys, in which two wicked parents cannot wait to rid themselves of their four precocious children, and vice versa, and vice versa versa, and so on. The nanny adds a spoonful of sugar and a neighboring candy magnate a side order of Dahl, if you follow me, as the book's lightning pace traipses through the hallmarks of classic orphan literature helpfully listed in the bibliography, from the baby on the doorstep to the tardy yet timely arrival of a crucial piece of correspondence. The characters, too, find these tropes familiar-"What would good old-fashioned people do in this situation?" one asks-as does the omniscient, woolgathery narrator, who begins with "Once upon a time" and announces an epilogue with "Oh, what is there to say at the happy conclusion of an old-fashioned story?" This critic even vaguely recognizes the stratagem of a glossary, in which the more toothsome words are defined unreliably and digressively. (He cannot put his finger on it, at least not in public.) Never you mind. The novel does make a few gambits for anachronistic musings ("Oh goodness, do we have to walk them into a dark forest? I don't have the right shoes for that") and even wry commentary ("That is how we billionaires exist," says the man who is not Willy Wonka. "We profit on the misfortune of others") but mostly the book plays us for laughs, closer to the Brothers Zucker than the Brothers Grimm, and by my count the hits (mock German dialogue, e.g., "It makesch me vant to womit") far outnumber the misses (an infant named Baby Ruth, oy). There are those who will find that this novel pales in comparison to Ms. Lowry's more straight-faced efforts, such as The Giver. Such people are invited to take tea with the Bobbsey Twins. Ms. Lowry and I will be across town downing something stronger mixed by Anastasia Krupnik, whom one suspects of sneaking sips of Ms. Lowry's bewitching brew. Tchin-tchin!Lemony Snicket is the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4–7—Lois Lowry's hilarious novel (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) is a parody of "old-fashioned" children's books and features the requisite uncaring and self-centered parents, orphans, nanny, and the like. Timothy, the oldest of the Willoughby children, makes all the decisions and the youngest, Jane, just wants to be more assertive. Twins Barnaby A and Barnaby B, the middle children, are so alike that their parents can't tell them apart even if they bothered to try. When the youngsters find a beastly baby on their doorstep, they leave it at a rich neighbor's house to get rid of it. The melancholy candy maker tycoon who lives there adopts the baby and his life becomes happy after years of grieving over the death of his wife and son in an avalanche in Switzerland. Meanwhile, the Willoughby children concoct a plot to get rid of their insufferable parents and turn themselves into orphans by sending them on a dangerous trip. The nanny who comes to take care of them turns out to be just what they need to bring out the best in their personalities. The two stories intertwine when the children and the nanny must find a new place to live and the long-lost son of the tycoon makes his way home. A lengthy and humorous glossary at the end defines old-fashioned words in the story (lugubrious, affable, etc.) with examples and hints for proper use. Arte Johnson does a wonderful job of narrating all the characters' diverse voices, enhancing the comedic elements of the tale. This is a clever parody on classics such as James and the Giant Peach and Pollyanna with wonderfully imperfect orphans and memorable characters. Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA

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楼主一出手就是精品!非常感谢!英语为母语国家的孩子也是到9-12或Young Adult读上述作品。前些天刚给孩子买了The Giver的音频,现在又有了文本,还有其他的好书。再次感谢!

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出了两本中文版

数星星
作  者:(美)劳里 著,汴桥 译
出 版 社:河北教育出版社
出版时间:2009-4-1

记忆传授人
作  者:(美)劳里(Lowry,L) 著;郑荣珍 译
出 版 社:河北教育出版社
出版时间:2009-4-1

大家可以在网上书店买到。

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