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Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked (Junie B. Jones, No. 23) Paperback – May 24, 2005

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Book 23 of 28 in the Junie B. Jones Series

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Everybody's favorite sass-mouth first grader comes back for her 23rd installment in this popular series . This time around, Junie B. fends off a stomach virus and earns a starring role in the Parent's Night play. The action starts with a bang--or rather, a "SPLAT-O!"--as one of Junie B's classmates falls victim to a stomach virus right there in class: "It was the disgustingest thing I ever saw. Also, the odor was not delightful." But only after everyone improvises their own virus defenses ("We held our noses tight with our fingers. And we didn't breathe for the whole rest of the morning") does the real excitement in Room One begin. Poor, put-upon Mr. Scary has planned a special event for Parent's Night--a play about Christopher Columbus. Junie B. lands a plum role ("I want to be the Pinta! Cause the Pinta was the fastest ship! And the fastest ship is the winner ship. And the winner ship is the star!"), but as with all Junie endeavors, expect a bumpy voyage.

The usual classroom crew is back, including Lennie, Herbert, and Jose, and Junie doesn't disappoint with her unintentionally hilarious asides ("Attendance is the school word for who isn't here") and trademark wisdom ("Glitter can turn your whole day around"). (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Grade 1-3–In another zany appearance, feisty Junie B. wins a starring role as the Pinta, the "fastest" of Columbus's ships, in a play to be presented on Parents' Night. Amid typical kid-type disasters (a flu virus, arguments over staging, a frazzled teacher), the students in Room One have a dramatic–and surprising–opening night. Like the other beginning chapter books in this series, Junie B. tells her story in simple, realistic language, including grammatical and spelling errors. Illustrations add humorous details. The interactions of the characters are consistently interesting, and the plot moves quickly. Readers will relate instantly to the trials and tribulations of this first grader, and her approach to conflict resolution and her unrefined social skills make good springboards for classroom discussion. This protagonist often offers examples of how not to handle a situation, but she is always endearing and wonderfully funny.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375828052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439797962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have read the reviews of this book below, and am astonished at the poor reviews.

Junie B. Jones is supposed to have poor grammar, as many, many 1st graders do. The great thing is, as a school teacher, I get to hear my students correcting her grammar. Children learn by doing- Junie B. makes them hear her mistakes and correct them and laugh at how silly some of th mistakes are.

Also, of course she wants to be the center of attention, as do 99.98% of the rest of the 6-year-olds in the world. That is yet another thing that makes these books so appealing to children- especially children who are between 5 & 9.

The most important part of learning to read is actual reading. It doesn't matter what you read- just read. My students love to read Junie B., so what kind of teacher would I be if I told them not to read something they like, but rather read something they don't like. How many would still want to read? Few.

If your child loves Junie B., don't make the mistake of restricting his or her reading because of grammar or Junie's desire to be the center of attention. Children become fluent and effective readers by reading as much as possible. Encourage your child to read what he or she loves.
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Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones books have been well loved by children for years. Her new series has Junie B. in first grade. Now fifth in her series is Junie B., First Grader One-Man Band.
We find Junie B. back in room one with the teacher Mr. Scary. The class has a kick ball tournament and she dreams of becoming the star player until she injures her piggie toe during practice.
She is devastated but her parents teach her that life has disappointments and she can turn lemons into lemonaid.
I give the book a four star rating. My daughters and I enjoyed it. Barbara Park's characters are realistic and the stories are an easy read and a lot of fun.
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A Kid's Review on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book, sure the grammar isn't very good but

that's what makes the book funny.I have all the Junie B. Jones books and love them all. Great for children who are just learning to read!
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As a teacher, my 2-3rd graders always enjoyed the funny antics of these chapter books. They are humorous and simple adventures of a not-so perfect girl in different adventures they can relate to. They remind me a little of Amelia Bedelia. Kids get hooked on the series.
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"Junie B., First Grader, Shipwrecked" by Barbara Park

Junie B.'s first grade class is putting on a play for parent's night. Junie B. is excited. It is October, so Columbus Day is the theme. She enjoys her part. And she enjoys watching others do their part.

Whoever finds the most facts about Columbus Day gets to pick their part first. Junie B. is determined to find lots of facts... so that she can pick her part.

Junie B. is so spunky, vital, energetic, out-going, and crazy. I can just imagine what she will be like when she gets older . . .
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I am a 47 year old man with a 6 year old daughter. I must confess that I read Junie B Jones to her as much for my own enjoyment as for hers. She loves the books and the character, but a good bit of the humor goes over her head. Like Junie B, she is in the first grade, so what seems so funny to a reader a little older just seems like the way things are to her. But we enjoy the books together.

The best part of Shipwrecked is when the school play actually takes place towards the end of the book. Hard to keep reading sometimes because my daughter and I were both laughing so hard.
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I think the idea behind the story is good. This was recommended by a teacher. Children in the book do not relay good manners or respect. I would not recommend to anyone who these values are important to.
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By Read More on September 11, 2012
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You can not get any better than Junie B. My grandchildern and I love this book. She has such heart about any of her escapeds. In the, One Man Band, she stumps her toe and can not play in the big class kick ball match. The grown ups in her world led her to play the cymbals along with her classmate,Sheldon the leader of the one man band. The only thing is on the grand day Sheldon has stage fright and leaves Junie B. to carry on. She turns the lemons into lemonaid and carries the day.
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