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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  150 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Illus. in full color. "Kangaroo child Norma Jean loves to jump. The problem is that her jumping gets out of hand, causing accidents and some ruffled feelings among her friends, and Norma stops her jumping entirely. But when the school's field-day games come up, Norma Jean is coaxed back into action long enough to win ribbons. Light, popular fare for beginning readers."--Bo ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 12th 1987 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 1987)
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Hope Johnson
This is a cute easy book for a student who is beginning to read. It teaches a lesson that there is a time and a place for your actions and the time and place is not always at school. It would be a great book for a guided reading book to talk about using quotations in writing.

Norma Jean, whose love of jumping might be a bit excessive, stops her favorite activity after her friends complain, but participation in the school Olympics proves there is a time and place for jumping.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Norma Jean loves jumping but sometimes her friends do not. Norma Jean learns that she can be a jumping bean without upsetting her friends. Nice book for promoting individuality.
Emma Daugherty
Feb 13, 2015 Emma Daugherty rated it really liked it
This book is great for younger readers and provides many great lessons. Children probably can enjoy and learn about diversity through all of the different animals. The story is very sweet and gives the lesson that there is a time and a place for excitement and for staying calm. This is a story I definitely would encourage young readers to read and master.
Kristen Collins
Dec 05, 2014 Kristen Collins rated it it was ok
Shelves: edrd
A sweet story about being yourself. I know a few kids that really could've benefitted from reading this book at a young age.
Rachel Rouleau
Four stars for nostalgic purposes. This was a childhood fave. Probably would otherwise be three.
Candice Snow
Oct 18, 2013 Candice Snow rated it it was amazing
I used to read this book so much when I was little that now the spine is nothing but a strip of tape.

The story follows a kangaroo named Norma Jean, who (naturally) loves to jump. However, she finds out the hard way that there is an appropriate time and place for everything.

It is a great story for kids to learn that their rambunctiousness can be best utilized by focusing it on their passions.
Nov 14, 2008 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Norma Jean has been a favorite in our house for several years - first with my oldest son and now with my youngest. This is a beginning reader book, but is an excellent picture book in it's own right. I believe it deserves classic status right along with Frog and Toad and Little Bear!
Read 041515 and 051315.
Jul 29, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Never has there ever been such an accurate book depicting me and my life.

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Apr 06, 2007 jacky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-reader
This book was a gift to me. Its an early reader about a hyper little girl kangaroo. The name of the story has stayed with me because its cute, but I don't remember the plot and I don't think it was meant to tell me to be more calm as a kid either.
Tyler Caudill
Apr 12, 2013 Tyler Caudill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any kid before 8 years old
Recommended to Tyler by: my Sister
I read this book at least 100 times when I was 4 or 5. I loved teaches kids there is a time and place for what fun things you love to do, but don't let that get in the way of the responsible things you need to do in life.
May 07, 2009 Allie rated it liked it
Everyone should remember the first book they read on their own and this is mine. Thank you Mrs. Wallace at Dowell Elementary!
Nov 11, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
I loved this book growing up. It was a cute story, with cute pictures.
Sep 15, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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I remember reading this book over and over again when I was little.
Feb 26, 2008 Nasreen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid
This was my very first book, given to me by my 1st grade teacher. :)
Aug 31, 2007 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memorable-reads
This was the first book I ever read!
Jun 24, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
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I liked it. ...more
Nov 22, 2008 Keerthi rated it liked it
my first book!
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