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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Junie B. is a sort of anti-heroine who sends the message that it's OK to be yourself. She encourages kids to find acceptance in who they are and to embrace quirkiness, and thinking outside of the box. However, she is also known for being quite mouthy.
Junie B. will at times declare something "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
There are links to purchase the books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Junie B. Jones site is based on the character from the book series. The site promotes reading and writing, and includes an activities page with games that challenge kids to take on a close reading of the Junie B. series. Word searches, quizzes, and the musical clothing game may enhance kids' reading and listening skills and spark imagination. There is a list of all the Junie B. books (which can be purchased via the site), a personalized letter from Junie B., and a Q-and-A page with author Barbara Park.
Is It Any Good?
Junie B. Jones fans will like this supplement to the popular early reading chapter books. The interactive games on the site encourage families to read together and are a fun approach to improving listening and reading skills. Junie B. includes a list of her favorite books so that kids will become interested in expanding their libraries. Also, fans of the series will like creating their own stories with the paper dolls and clothes that kids can print, color, and cut out. There's a hidden gem for parents too, in the "Teachers" section, which includes lesson plans based on the books.
The downside? Although the activities are fun, besides a couple of games and some printouts, there is not much more for kids to enjoy while they're actually on the site. And then there's the issue that the books themselves include Junie's inventive spellings and sometimes smart mouth. However, true fans of the series should have no problem finding something they'll enjoy.
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