Junie B. Jones #13: Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl

by Barbara Park

Other authorsDenise Brunkus (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1999



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Random House USA Children's Books (1999), Edition: Illustrated, 80 pages


Six-year-old Junie B. is disappointed to find out that her aunt has asked someone else to be the flower girl at her wedding.

User reviews

LibraryThing member dbhutch
Junie B’s knows someone that is getting married and she get all excited that she is going to be the flower girl but the groom has already asked someone, so Junie is ok with being a replacement if the girl get sick. And she gets all dressed up and ready for the wedding… it has all the humor and
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spunk that all the other Junie B’s have in them.
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LibraryThing member Macylynn
This is another great Junie B. Jones book and this one is about how she is wanting to be the flower girl in her Aunts wedding. Junie is convinced she will be the flower girl however, she finds out that she is not. Junie is disappointed but she finds out that she is the alternate flower
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girl and that she will still get her fame on that day. As the flower girl walks down the aisle Junie jumps out to help and although they start a mess the wedding goes on. Later that night Junie realizes she can teach the little flower girl how to be a big girl and she teaches her the things that big girls do. The two become friends in the end and Junie is happy once again.

Personal Reaction:
This book was such a cute book about Junie and her life problems. I enjoy these books because they are things that some little girls may go through in life. I think that these are fun books and they often have good vocabulary inside. This Junie book would be fun for a child to read during wedding season.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. This would be a great book to read if two children are having a hard time understanding why they sometimes do not get their way. Sometimes books can help students see choices better than just being told what to do, sharing and not always getting your way is good through this book.
2. This book would also be a fun book to have in the “dress up” corner of a room for little girls to read and learn more about sharing.
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LibraryThing member danielleprice
This book is one of a series written by Barbara Park. In this story, a little girl wants to be a flower girl in her aunts wedding. She wants to be “grown up” and she hears her friends talk about being in weddings, which makes her want to be in a wedding. She does not get to be the flower girl,
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but eventual learns it is okay to be a child.
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LibraryThing member littlebug
one day Junie B. Jones' mother told her that aunt Flo is getting married. Junie B. Jones' friends told her that there are flower girls at weddings. Junie B was excited to be a flower girl. I like it.
LibraryThing member Tryion
My daugter and I love reading these books together.
LibraryThing member ekean06
This realistic fiction early chapter book is the fun and exciting adventure of Junie B. Jones and her desire to be a flower girl. It is an excellent early chapter book because Junie B. engages young readers with her mischievous adventures. Junie B. Jones is an excellent example of a round
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protagonist because the reader knows her thoughts and feelings as well as how she changes through the book.
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LibraryThing member mmuncy
Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl is an easy reader by Barbara Park. In this book kindergartener Junie B. is told by her mother that they will be attending Junie’s Aunt Flo’s wedding. After sharing the news with some of her kindergarten friends who have been flower girls, Junie invites
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herself to be the flower girl in Aunt Flo’s wedding. She calls Aunt Flo and tells her, but Aunt Flo regretfully tells Junie that they have asked her fiancee’s sister to be the flower girl. Junie is crushed. Later Aunt Flo calls back and asks Junie to be the alternate flower girl. Junie accepts. At the wedding when the flower girl comes by, Junie tries to get a couple of petals out of the flower girl’s basket and a small scuffle ensues. Later Junie does get her petals and also makes friends with the other flower girl.
This was a cute book. I had never read a Junie B. Jones book, but I am glad I did.
I don’t know that I would actually use this book in class, but if I did I might have a discussion over responsibilities because being a flower girl is a responsibility.
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LibraryThing member al04
The Junie B. Jones series are all Realistic Fiction books because they tell the stories of young girl who goes through similar problems to children, such as not being able to be a flower girl. Junie B Jones struggles with listening to her parents, following rules, and paying attention in class. She
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makes many mistakes in her writting that children are able to correct as they read.
The plot in the story is very intriguing. The reader is hooked from the beginning when Junie B Jones gets dumped on the playground and she pretends to be heart-broken. The climax of not being the flower girl rises but when the orignal flower girl and Junie become great friends the reader is then satisfied.
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LibraryThing member anm272
This book brings back to when I was a little girl. Junie B.'s aunt is getting married and she volunteers herself to be the flower girl. Junie's Aunt Flo has already chosen a flower girl and this makes Junie B. upset. Almost a Flower Girl could be used to show that sometimes as a child you don't
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always get your way but to always look at the positive side of things. That's what Junie B. Jones did! I feel like this would be good to bring out when teaching life lessons on good and bad situations. This would also be good to use when teaching a lesson on responsibilities. Being a flower girl is a huge responsibility and the girls in the class would enjoy this book anyway!
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Junie B. will be going to her aunt’s wedding, and Grace and Lucille think she’ll be the flower girl. Junie B. is not the flower girl, but her aunt makes her the alternate flower girl. After initially hating the flower girl, she discovers they have a lot in common, and they become friends.
LibraryThing member capiam1234
This one was ok, not the best but not the worst.
LibraryThing member knold1
Review: This was a very fun book to read. Junie B. Jones is a great series about a little girl and her life. The author writes from a young girls point of view and I think she does it perfectly.

Summary: The book starts by Junie B. and her "boyfriend' breaking up. Junie B is devastated, but when
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she gets home her mom tells her that her aunt is getting married so she feels a lot better. After hearing from her friends all about being a flower girl, she decides that she is going to be the flower girl in her aunts wedding. When she called her aunt and tells her the good news, she was upset that her aunt had already chosen another flower girl, Bo. After a lot of crying her aunt tells her that she can be the back up flower girl if the other one gets sick or can't make it. Junie B. practiced walking down the isle and not trying to trip, but when the day of the wedding came, Bo was there. Junie B had to sit and watch Bo walk down the isle with a basket of flowers. Junie B was so upset that she jumped in the isle and grabbed flower pedals out of Bo's basket. After trying to pretend like she was a grown woman for the whole wedding, Junie B gets tired and realizes she likes being a kid.

Argument: I loved reading this popular series of chapter books. The way it was written was very funny and I think that children can relate to that. Junie B says "Its me Aunt Flo! Its Junie B. Jones! And Ive got the besets surprise you ever heard of!" She uses children's language to involve her readers.

The moral of this story is to act your age, and never grow up too soon. Junie B. tries to pretend that she is a "big girl" and learns that it isn't fun acting older than your age. She didn't get to run around at the wedding reception or play with her food. So finally she realized that it is fun being little and starts acting her age.
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LibraryThing member mwade4
Summary: Junie B. Jones' Aunt Flo is getting married, which is the perfect chance for Junie B. to show everyone how grown up she is. Too bad she wasn't picked to be the flower girl in the wedding so she could really show off; her cousin Bo is chosen instead, and Junie B. has to settle for being the
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alternate flower girl, and hoping for Bo to get sick so she can step in. She even tries to sabotage Bo's walk down the aisle. But, in the end, Junie B. and Bo end up being friends.

Evaluation/Argument: This is very fun and easy book for children to read. There are different pictures on pages to keep readers interested and able to visualize the events in the story as they unfold. Children can easily read these books independently and parents will be so happy to see their children reading on their own. I love the way that Junie B. has her own distinct personality and is comparable to other children her own age. She acts just like most children her age would and is determined to show her parents how grown up she can really be. As a child I loved reading all of the books in the series. Junie B. is a great and very funny character for any child to read about. I remember myself wanting to read this book because of my own experience in a wedding as a young child. I love the illustrations as well and think they really add to the story. Some of the illustrations look like Junie B. drew them herself, which is very different and unique to this book.
The central message of this book is the importance of family and friends in our lives. Junie B. ends up becoming friends with Bo by the end of the story and she learns to value the family that is present in her life.
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LibraryThing member danielleshorr
Chapter book
Grade: 1-3
Contemporary realistic fiction
I think I enjoyed reading this Junie B. Jones book as an adult even more than I did when I was little. Barbara Park is an absolutely hilarious writer. I really like her use of language throughout the story. Her incorrect grammar is very
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realistic of a small child, and therefore makes the book seem more real life. For example, on page two Park writes, ""RICARDO!" I hollered real loud. "HEY! RICARDO! 'ZACTLY WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING, MISTER?" Park's use of grammar and punctuation in this passage allows me to hear Junie B. Jone's voice in my head. I thought that this was a very cool method of writing a children's chapter book. Another aspect I really was the pictures. There were not too many, and the ones that were there black and white, but it was still nice to see a few scattered throughout the book. I feel like the illustrator, Denise Brunkus, strategically chose which events to draw a picture for. In most of the illustrations Junie B. Jones was doing something hilarious, and I was glad I was able to see it instead of simply picturing it in my head. I thought that overall the main messages of the book were childhood, friendship, and sharing. Junie B. Jones desperately wanted to be the flower girl, but unfortunately she was not chosen. She had to share the position with a little girl named Bo, and Junie B. Jones was only the assistant flower girl. At first this upset Junie B., but eventually she learned how to share, and her and Bo became fast friends. I really enjoyed reading Junie B. Jones is (almost) a Flower Girl, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a humorous quick read.
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LibraryThing member bigkristin
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a comical read. This book makes me laugh and it is quite easy to understand. Even though the book consist of “made up” words, the reader is still able to comprehend the main idea or message. The plot of this specific book is hilarious
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because it starts out with Junie B. getting “dumped” by her boyfriend. It is clear that the reader and Junie B’s parents believe that Junie B. is way too young to even have a boyfriend. The purpose of this story is for young learns to understand that sometimes it’s better to be young than all grown up.
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LibraryThing member adscrim
Junie B. Jones is absolutely hilarious. I'm pretty sure it was actually secretly written for adults. The author, Barbara Park does a wonderful job writing from the perspective of a kindergarten girl, but she can also through in some wisdom from the parents. Junie B. faces typical kindergarten girl
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problems, and usually ends up solving them or realizing the error of her ways by the end of each book. She is easy to relate to from any age and shows the true childhood spirit. Great series, even if they are a bit dated in some parts.
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LibraryThing member jn925584
in Junie B Jones is (almost) a Flower Girl, Junie B. strives to make her parents understand that she is a grown-up lady. She laments the end of her first boyfriend-girlfriend relationship and is quite upset when her parents tell her she is too young. All of her friends have boyfriends, so she feels
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she must have one as well. As she tries to convince her parents that she is a "grown up lady," she finds out that her Aunt Flo will be getting married soon. After sharing the news with her friends, Junie B. decides that she will be the flower girl in her aunts wedding. Unfortunately, Aunt Flo has already chosen a flower girl, but invites June B. to be an alternate. Her mother buys her a beautiful dress, panty hose and shoes and she even gets to sit at the bridesmaid table at the reception. Junie B. uses this opportunity to prove to her parents that she can behave as a grown up lady, however, midway through the reception she realizes that being little really isn't so bad.

Personal Reflection: I love the Junie B. Jones series! I have great memories of sharing these books with my daughter. This is a good reminder to little girls not to grow up too fast in a society that urges kids to mature much too soon.

Extension Ideas:
1. Set up a party and talk about manners and behavior at formal events
2. Talk about the fun things kids can do that adults can't do.
3.. Talk about peer pressure and the need to do something because all of their friends are.
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80 p.; 7.62 inches


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