The prompt for Friday Writings , at Poets and Storytellers United, was inspiration from beloved books.
Junie B. Jones was a character, and series, created by the late Barbara Park, a children’s book author. Readers were introduced to this lively, rambunctious, imaginative, creative, delightful going-on-six kindergartner in 1992. Before Ms. Parks’ spirit soared into the Universe, she had written 32 Junie B. Jones adventures. I learned today that the series was on the American Library Association’s list of 100 banned and challenged books throughout the 20-oughts because Junie B. spoke like a regular kid with bad grammar and spelling. Bah, humbug.
(Update: Thanks to Magaly, I double-checked myself and found I misunderstood. The ALA does not ban books, but creates lists of books that people ban to keep us, the public, informed. So, I take that back. I am not all disappointed with the ALA. My mother-in-law’s spirit is most likely relieved.)
I was in my 40s when I came across Junie B. Jones. Her aliveness woke up in me what the Husband calls moxie. Seize the day and all that!
Junie B. Jones
Miss Helma Zukas
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