Junie B. Jones
By Joan Cushing
Based on the book by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones—Another word for fun!
Junie B. Jones is the most exciting six year old known the world over! She
decided not to ride that Stupid, Smelly Bus and stay in school instead. She’s
let her Big Fat Mouth get her in trouble. She’s done Some Sneaky Peeky Spying
and now her parents have a surprise for Junie.
According to Junie B. Jones, surprise is another word presents. What
kindergarten student does not love presents? Junie can not wait to hear what
her parents have for her. But that night at dinner, Junie receives no box, no
bag, no present. She is told that a baby is coming to their house. Wow; just
what the average kindergartener wants to hear. Now imagine how the beyond
average Junie B. Jones takes the news. A baby? Yuck!
Ok, she did not get a present, but she now has much more important things to
worry about, like Show and Tell. Next Monday is the big day. The big problem
is that Junie has nothing special to show, and her friends That Grace and
Lucille do. Mom and Dad are too busy with the baby’s new room. Her room is
a bedroom, so why is this baby’s room called a nursery? According to Junie
this makes no sense, especially because “a baby is not a nurse of course.” To
top it off, the jungle wallpaper used would look better in Junie’s room. It’s
jungle paper with monkeys, Junie’s “most favorite jungle guys in the whole
With all this baby business, Junie B. visits Grampa Miller; he’ll know what to
do. The next morning Junie wakes up to discover waffles and news from
Grandma: Junie’s new baby brother is the cutest little monkey ever. Hold on!
That’s exactly what Junie B. Jones needs for Show and Tell. She’ll take her
brand new, live baby brother monkey to school.
This idea is a hit at school. That Grace gives Junie B. her new pink high top
sneakers, along with the ring from her cereal and a snack ticket. Lucille forks
over her sweater, her locket and a snack ticket. They’ll give anything to see the
monkey first. Babies aren’t so bad after all, until Mrs. sees That Grace
shoeless. To the principal’s office Junie B. Jones goes. A phone call to
Grandma Miller clears things up.
Imagination Station: Activities to do in the classroom
? Read the book in small groups.
? DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
1. How would you feel if you were Junie B. Jones?
2. Have you ever thought you were getting a surprise and then didn’t? How
did it make you feel?
3. If you could bring anything to Show and Tell what would it be?
4. Junie B. Jones was jealous of her new baby brother. What does it mean
to be jealous?
? ANOTHER WORD FOR… Junie B. Jones, it seems, has her own
understanding of the English language. Obviously a surprise is a
present and a nursery is a place for nurses. Ask students to go through
and pick out these words and other expressions used in the show. Have
them create a “Words According to Junie B. Jones” dictionary. It’s a
great book to share with younger children.
? MUSICAL MOMENTS: For the stage, the story was turned into a musical.
Ask students to compare the play to the book. How did seeing the
characters sing and dance make the story come alive? Have students
write their own titles for some of the songs and scenes. Share with the
? WALLPAPER FOR JUNIE B. Mom and Dad said they’d see about putting
the jungle wallpaper in Junie’s room. She knows that “we’ll see” means
“no”. Design wallpaper just for Junie B. ? A DAY AS JUNIE B. JONES: Ask students to imagine that they were
Junie B. Jones for a day. Have them write about the adventures they’d
have in that one day.
? MONKEY BUSINESS: Research monkeys. Have students visit websites
and select one member of the monkey family to report on. Here are a
few sites to check out:
http://www.indiana.edu/~primate/primates.html, ? TAKE THE STAGE: Ask students, in small groups, to pick their favorite
part of the story and write their own script. Have students act these
? JUNIE B.’S PERSONAL DESIGNER: Junie didn’t have her own pink high
tops or princess dress. Design exactly what Junie B. Jones would want
for her very own using the included templates. (Sneaker from
kidprintables.com, Dress from activityvillage.co.uk) ? HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW JUNIE B. JONES? Take an online trivia quiz
about the Junie B. Jones series
? MEET THE AUTHOR: A great site for aspiring authors and avid fans of
Junie B. Jones
? THE OFFICIAL JUNIE B. JONES WEBSITE: The site includes online
trivia, printable coloring pages, activity sheets, and screen savers.