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On Sale: March 12, 2009
Pages: 96 | ISBN: 978-0-375-89447-3
Published by : Random House Books for Young Readers RH Childrens Books
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Meet the World's Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones!

Ship Ahoy! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 23rd Junie B. Jones book, Room One is putting on a play. And guess what? It's about explorers looking for the New World! And there's ships and sea captains and everything! Plus here's the bestest news of all—Junie B. Jones thinks she might be the star of the whole entire production! Only, sailing the ocean blue is not as easy as it looks, apparently. 'Cause problems keep on happening. Like the actors keep catching the flu. And bossy May keeps trying to take over the show. Can this play be saved? Will the ships ever get to land? Or is Room One in for a disaster at sea that they will never forget?

"Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set."

Publisher's Weekly:
"Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun."

Kirkus Reviews:
"Junie's swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world….A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud."

Time Magazine:
"Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty."

From the Hardcover edition.

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"My second-grade son has never been all that interested in reading. He came home one day asking if I have ever read about Junie B. Jones. I bought a set of Junie B. books, and now I walk past his room and he is reading on his own!"—Nancy G., Indiana

"I have a six-year-old daughter who was fighting us on learning to read. One day, I heard her teacher reading a Junie B. story. We went to our library and checked out every Junie B. book they had. Now we go through one every three days!"—Sandra L., Idaho

"Our family wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your Junie B. Jones books. Our son brought one home from school and we read it together. We all laughed through the whole book."—Idaho family

"My daughter and I love Junie B. Jones. She had some difficult times reading in second grade. Your books really helped her have fun while she reads."—Barbara M., New Jersey

"I would like to let you know how much pleasure your books have given us. After my older daughter finishes them, I read them to my six-year-old. You give this world such a gift with your books."—Amy D., Florida

"I've been teaching for 29 years. My class has never enjoyed story time as much [as when I started reading Junie B. Jones.] The class enjoyed her not-so-perfect grammar. We used her sentences for our daily oral language lesson."—Angie T., Pennsylvania

"In my experience, students no matter what their age have enjoyed your Junie B. books. Whenever the day is particularly hectic, I can rely on a Junie B. time-out for a relaxing laugh and a reminder to look on the lighter side. You have saved my sanity more times than you can ever know!"—Shelley M., Maryland

"You have made even my most reluctant readers look forward to each new chapter."—Mary Ann O., Illinois

"Junie B. has touched the hearts of all my students throughout the year. She has become a part of our school lives . . . and in a way, another member of our class."—Amy P., New Jersey

"I've been a teacher for more than 30 years and just discovered Junie B. Jones. I noticed that children have an increased enthusiasm for reading as a direct result of your books."—Rona G., Maryland

"I cannot tell you how much I love reading your books! My mom and I laugh so hard, our stomachs hurt and we get tears in our eyes."—Kristi O., Pennsylvania

"I love Junie B. Jones! Every time I go anywhere in the car, I bring at least five Junie B. Jones books. I can't leave home without them."—Liz O., New Jersey

"Your books are so cool. You write your books so they relate to life."—Kayla O., Pennsylvania

"I love Junie B. Jones books. I think they are so funny I could read them all day and laugh out loud. But in the afternoon, I want to watch Arthur."—Laura P., Iowa

"I love your books so much whenever I'm in bed I always shout 'Mom! Where are my Junie B. Jones books?!'"—Tim K., Pennsylvania

"You write the best books in the world."—Manuel L., Colorado
Barbara Park

About Barbara Park

Barbara Park - Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked (Junie B. Jones)

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Barbara Park was best-known as the creator and author of the New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, the stories of an outrageously funny kindergartener who has kept kids (and their grownups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the series has sold 55 million copies in North America alone, has been translated into multiple languages and is a beloved and time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world.
The series was consistently a #1 New York Times bestseller, spending over 180 weeks on the list, and Barbara and her books were profiled in such national outlets as Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, and Today.
Park died on November 15, 2013 after fighting ovarian cancer heroically for seven and a half years.
Barbara Park arrived at the writing profession through an indirect route. Before becoming a bestselling and beloved children’s author, she originally intended to teach high school history and political science. She got her secondary education degree but quickly realized that her calling was to be a writer. She said, “My senior year of high school, I was voted ‘Wittiest.’ So several years later, I decided to try my hand at writing humor and see if I could be witty enough to make some money.”
After several rejections, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers acquired her first manuscript, Operation: Dump the Chump and two others. Don’t Make Me Smile was published first in 1981, followed by Operation: Dump the Chump (1982) and Skinnybones (1982). 
She went on to write over fifty books, from the picture book Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!, a love letter to her grandson, to middle grade novels such as Skinnybones, The Kid in the Red Jacket, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Graduation of Jake Moon. Barbara won more than forty children’s book awards, including several Children’s Choice Awards. 
On writing books for kids, Barbara once said: “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”
Every bit as funny and as outrageous as her best-known character, Barbara shared a special connection with Junie B. Jones. She once said of the series, “I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections . . . or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.”
Barbara Park was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, on April 21, 1947, and spent most of her adult life in Arizona. There she, with her husband, Richard, raised her two sons and spent time with her two young grandsons. 
Throughout her life, Barbara was passionate about supporting many causes. She was a “wish” for several children participating in the Make-a-Wish Foundation and would dedicate her upcoming books to kids whose dying wish was to meet her. Barbara also founded her own charitable organization with her husband, Richard—Sisters in Survival (“SIS”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering financial assistance to ovarian cancer patients. SIS is an all-volunteer organization, and all donations go directly to women struggling with ovarian cancer. Barbara’s family will continue to run SIS.  (www.sistersinsurvival.org)



"Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set."

From Publisher' Weekly:
"Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun."

From Kirkus Reviews:
"Junie's swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world....A hilarious, first-rate read- aloud."

From Booklist:
"Park, one of the funniest writers around . . . brings her refreshing humor to the beginning chapter-book set."

From Time magazine:
"Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty."

From School Library Journal:
"Readers will relate instantly to the trials and tribulations of this first grader....She is always endearing and wonderfully funny."
Teachers Guide

Teacher's Guide


The lovable, mischievous Junie B. of Barbara Park’s humorous series is growing up! She has graduated from kindergarten and moved up to the first grade. Follow Junie B. as she continues to get into one scrape after another. While laughing along with Junie and her friends, your students will expand their word recognition, develop a sense of story, and begin to read these early chapter books on their own.

In this guide for Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked, Junie B. fans learn the importance of teamwork in accomplishing a common goal. A dramatic play in which students tell the story of Columbus landing in the New World from the point of view of the Tainos requires students to work together from fact-finding to curtain fall. A hands-on experiment about the multitalented nose shows how our sense of smell serves us in more ways than one. And an activity in which students write letters and draw pictures to say “welcome” reveals that Parents’ Night is more than an opportunity for parents to “spy” on their kids. Finally, a companion printout, telling the story of Columbus’s voyage in rhyme, taps the poet in Junie B. fans everywhere


Pre-Reading Activities

The kids in Junie B.’s Room One are being plagued by a contagious stomach virus. Using a show of hands, ask students how many of them have ever had a stomach virus? What were their symptoms? How long did the virus last? What medicines or remedies did they use to treat it? How are viruses passed from one person to another? What steps can we take to protect ourselves from particular viruses? Can we develop “immunities” or natural defenses against certain viruses?


Welcome, Parents! (Language Arts, Art)
While some of Junie B.’s classmates feel Parents’ Night is an opportunity for parents to poke their noses in their children’s business, it really is an opportunity for parents to learn more about what their children are doing in school. Have your students welcome their parents to their classrooms with a letter explaining what they will find in their desks and sharing what they are working on. They may introduce parents to particular classmates and tell them about other places in their school (cafeteria, gym, library). Letters may be supplemented with a drawing showing each child engaged in his favorite school activity.

The Nose Knows (Science, Math)
Junie B. and her classmates discover that noses play a major role in our everyday lives, even if holding them doesn’t prevent the spread of germs. Ask students to list smells that they love and smells that they hate. How can smells help to signal danger (smoke from fire, rotten food, gas leaks)? How can smells communicate the pleasures of our world (a rose garden, salt air, fresh baked apple pie)? Can smells help us identify our locations even if we can’t see where we are (school cafeteria, gymnasium, home)? What happens to our ability to taste when we have stuffed up noses from a cold or virus? Working in pairs, conduct an experiment in which students take turns being blindfolded and are asked to identify samples of different foods (apple, potato chip, orange, chocolate, pickle, mint candy) while holding their noses. Then, repeat the experiment without holding noses. Create bar graphs to chart the difference in taste success.

The Voyage of Christopher Columbus . . . Part II (Drama, Social Studies, Art)
Room One’s Voyage of Columbus play ends when Columbus “discovers” land. Cast your students in a sequel play that shows the experience of this encounter from the point of view of the Tainos, the first people to greet Columbus. Using library and Internet resources, have students gather facts about this tall, handsome, clean-shaven people with olive-tan skin who often wore face and body paint. How did the Tainos live? What roles did men, women, and children play in this culture? What were their religious beliefs? What were the Tainos’ first perceptions of the large wooden boats and strangely dressed men who came to their shores? Did they welcome Columbus and his men? How did Columbus respond to these natives? How did this first encounter with Columbus and the European world change the Tainos’ lives? A backdrop mural depicting the grassy plains and lowland rainforest home of the Tainos may set the perfect stage for your production.


Directions: Hey, you guys! Remember that really neato poem that Jose shared with Room One about Christopher Columbus? Well, that was just the beginning! See if you can fill in the blanks in the rest of the poem with rhyming words to tell the whole story!

In 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean ________.(blue)

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind, and _______.(rain)

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his ______.(way)

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to ______.(go)

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others ______.(snored)

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean ______.(deep)

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and ______.(sand)

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier ______.(crew)

“Indians, Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joy and ______.(pride)

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was ______.(hot)

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and ______.(spice)

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been ______.(told)

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to ______.(Spain)

The first American ? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was ______.(bright)

Note: Poem is from www.teachingheart.net/columbus.htm


Prepared by Rosemary B. Stimola, Ph.D. She is a teacher of Children’s Literature at Hostos Community College/City University of New York and serves as educational and editorial consultant to publishers of children’s books.

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