Obit of the Day: Creator of “Junie B. Jones”
Junie B. Jones is called “the funniest kindergartner ever,” “irreverent,” “loud-mouthed,” and, even “inappropriate.” The school girl protagonist of thirty children’s chapter books was the creation of author Barbara Park. Mrs. Park, who modeled Junie after some of her own class clowning, would write 30 books about Junie B. between 1992 and 2013.
Mrs. Park, who originally planned on becoming a teacher until she stepped into a classroom, began writing books for children in the 1980s. She shopped her first manuscript, Operation Dump the Chump, to three different publishers until it was purchased by Alfred A. Knopf. Ironically, Dump the Chump would be Mrs. Park’s second book published by Knopf (1982), a year after she made her debut with Don’t Make Me Smile (1981). She would write 13 non-Junie B. Jones novels during her career.
But her beloved Junie B. Jones was her greatest legacy. By the time of Mrs. Park’s death the series had sold 55 million copies as young readers followed the school girl’s exploits. Originally set in kindergarten, Junie B. Jones was able to reach the first grade after eighteen years, a lengthy stay Mrs. Park acknowledged in her 2001 book Junie B. Jones, First Grader: At Last!
As popular as Junie B. Jones was with kids, her slang and attitude were deemed inappropriate by some adults. Between 2000 and 2009, the Junie B. Jones series was the 71st most challenged/banned book in the United States according to the American Library Association. (Number 72? Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.)
Outside of books, Mrs. Park served as the CEO and co-founder of Sisters in Survival (SIS), a non-profit which provides money for ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment to patients who could not otherwise afford it.
Mrs. Park died on November 15, 2013 at the age of 66 of complications from ovarian cancer.
(Images are all copyright of Random House, Barbara Park, and Denise Brunkus and courtesy of: top left, scholastic.com; top right, examiner.com; middle left, The Cotton Boll Conspiracy; middle right, juniebjones.com; bottom left, indiebound.com; bottom right, escobookstore.com)
There has been a terrible lack of posts recognizing the Philippine Typhoon and that’s why I’m making this post. The Philippines just had the WORST typhoon in history called, Haiyan. Now if you have no idea about the severity, the wind speeds of this typhoon was about 250 mph, which is THREE AND A HALF TIMES THE SPEED OF THE WINDS OF HURRICANE KATRINA. imagine the damage Katrina did to the US, a developed country. The Philippines is a Third world country. Most of the people in this country live in SHACKS MADE OUT OF TRASH. It is estimated that about 10,000 PEOPLE DIED. Dead bodies literally litter the streets and are STUCK IN TREES. IF YOU GIVE ANY SHITS TODAY ABOUT FELLOW HUMANITY YOU BETTER REBLOG THIS. IM NOT ONLY DOING THIS BECAUSE MY FAMILY IS FILIPINO BUT BECAUSE THIS STORM WAS THE WORST IN HISTORY. GOD BLESS THE SOULS LOST THERE. My parents were seriously almost on the verge of tears and almost screaming. We didn’t lose anybody in our family, but it has got to hurt to know that the place you came from is IN SHAMBLES. Pls spread this if you care
I have a lot of Filipino friends and people I cherish a lot! If you could donate to the cause that would be great!
PLEASE HELP! Here are some links to donate:
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP
- donations via the Philippine Red Cross (including PayPal)
- donations via Habitat for Humanity
- donations via ANCOP Foundation USA
- eta: donations via UNICEF Philippines
- eta2: donations via CARE Australia
- eta2: donations via Caritas Internationalis
- eta2: donations via GMA Network (credit card, cash, check)
- eta2: donations via World Vision
- eta2: donations via AmeriCares
- eta2: donations via Samaritan’s Purse (Canada)
- eta2: donations via Canadian Red Cross (or you can text REDCROSS or ROUGE to 30333 to donate $5)
FOR THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
- text donations via Globe
- Red Cross and DSWD relief operations (infographic)
- list of ongoing relief operations via Rappler
- donations via ABS-CBN News
- eta: relief operations via University of the Philippines
- eta: relief operations via the Department of Education
- eta: pick-up locations for donations via Air 21
Mommies & daddies please reblog. Spread the word.
Thank goodness Aayden uses pampers
In September 2010, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that after having investigated the matter, they could not identify “any specific cause linking Dry Max diapers to diaper rash.” Health Canada declared likewise, stating that their safety review “has not identified any cause for concern.”
…Infants do sometimes develop cases of diaper rash (and allergic reactions) so severe that the rash resembles a chemical burn, regardless of whether those toddlers wear cloth or disposable diapers (or what brand of the latter is used).
Update: A similar item involving Huggies brand diapers was circulated in November 2013.
This is 19 year old Marie Fowler. Her cancer just returned, and has been declared terminal. She’s already in Hospice Care. Her final wish is to meet Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens. Please, make it happen. Spread the word. This girl deserves it.
The small amount of notes on this post worries me.
SIGNAL BOOST. LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
COME ON GUYS, IF WE CAN GET A FLUFFY CHICKEN FOR SOMEONE WHY NOT THIS
REBLOG THIS OR ELSE
imagine it’s you
imagine it’s you or someone you love
Deleted all the stupid fucking 13 year old girl comments.
This picture deserves nothing but the highest respect for the man who gave his life for his country.
This is what a fucking hero looks like.
that comment tho
Costco is letting military families shop for free.
Please reblog. Get this out there!
And Sam’s Club is extending a temporary membership to military families.
26 Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault Quoting The People Who Attacked Them
This needs more notes.
ok so i wanted to record some shower noises so i set up the camera anD I WAS SHOWERING AND LIKE 8 BUGS CRAWLED OUT OF THE DRAIN AT THE SAME TIME AND SLITHERED AROUND ON MY FEET AND I FELL AND BROKE THE DOOR
i dont care what anyone says this will always be my favourite out of all my posts
why did you wanna record shower noises
LORDE for Billboard Magazine
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