Julie: “Let Girls Play, Too!”

Words are taken from Chapter 5 “Let Girls Play, Too” of Meet Julie by Megan McDonald.  “Dakota” is standing in for Julie’s best friend, Ivy.

“Saturday morning Julie was reading her horoscope — “Don’t hesitate; today’s the day to jump in” — when she heard Ivy’s knock.

IMG_7693“You’re here!” Julie said, leading her friend into the living room.  The two girls pushed boxes into the corner so that Ivy could show Julie her latest floor routine.

IMG_7696“Did you know Olga Korbut was the first person to do a backwards aerial somersault on the balance beam?” Ivy asked as she turned her handstand into a back limber.

IMG_7698Julie tried to copy the move, but as soon as she got into a handstand, her feet clomped to the floor.

IMG_7694“Girls!” called Mom. “What’s going on?  Sounds like a stampede of elephants in there.  Julie, please tell me you’re not bouncing that basketball inside.”


Olga Korbut was a former Soviet gymnast who won 4 Olympic gold medals and 2 silver medals.  Today she is 61 years old and a US citizen living in Scottsdale, AZ.  I don’t think Olga would approve of Ivy doing handstands in Dr. Scholl’s sandals!

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9 thoughts on “Julie: “Let Girls Play, Too!”

  1. jackylina

    That’s great Julie could do it with just the bed to lean against. I’d need an entire wall, even then I don’t think I could do it. Ivy’s dress is super cute.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks… My mom aka Grandma made the dress which was originally a sleeveless shirt for a Corelle baby doll.
      It’s a rainy day here and I’m reading Rebecca’s books for the first time.

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      1. Jen Post author

        I’m into book three, and really enjoying them. I grew up in and still live in a community with a large Jewish influence, and as a kid would have dinner with my friend’s family on Friday when they lit their candles. Now Brianna has had this experience too.
        I’d love to have some of Rebecca’s original things, like the challah and her lunch basket.
        Not too impressed with Rebecca’s outfits as of late.

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  2. Flo

    I remember watching Olga Korbut, she definitely inspired a lot of girls my age to get into gymnastics. Hard to believe that the moves she did back then are considered easy in comparison to what they do now!

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    1. Jen Post author

      Absolutely! DH showed me the gold medal winning gymnast from some time in the 50s, and she basically vaulted with a cartwheel over the top. Brianna wanted to watch “Ace of Cakes” instead of gymnastics! Sorry, you have to sit with mom and watch team USA!

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  3. annabelletroy

    Yep, I remember Olga. I guess Food Network stars are the next Olympics. Maybe they can have a new American doll who cooks–Mia, the Littlest Chef or something. Think of the accessories! Tiny chef’s coat/hat/baking pans/pepper mill…

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