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Ramona and Her Mother PDF, ePub eBook This is a previously published edition of edition of ISBN 9780380709526. An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. Ramona Quimby is no longer seven, but not quite eight. She's "seven and a half right now," if you ask her! Not allowed to stay home alone, yet old enough to watch pesky Willa Jean, Ramona wonders when her mother will treat her like her o This is a previously published edition of edition of ISBN 9780380709526. An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here. Ramona Quimby is no longer seven, but not quite eight. She's "seven and a half right now," if you ask her! Not allowed to stay home alone, yet old enough to watch pesky Willa Jean, Ramona wonders when her mother will treat her like her older, more mature sister, Beezus. But with her parents' unsettling quarrels and some spelling trouble at school, Ramona wonders if growing up is all it's cracked up to be. No matter what, she'll always be her mother's little girl…right? This warm-hearted story of a mother's love for her spirited young daughter is told beautifully by Newbery Medal winning author Beverly Cleary.

30 review for Ramona and Her Mother

  1. 4 out of 5

    Malbadeen

    I'm not able to think about Laura Ingels Wilder's "Little House" books objectively because when I hear a title or see one of the covers, I am brought back to my childhood bedroom and I can feel the weight of my mom at the end of my bed while she read aloud those books. A nice enough memory to be sure, but more so in light of the fact that things were frequently less than ideal at home. I have a friend that can rattle of pleasant memory after pleasant memory of her childhood while mine I'm not able to think about Laura Ingels Wilder's "Little House" books objectively because when I hear a title or see one of the covers, I am brought back to my childhood bedroom and I can feel the weight of my mom at the end of my bed while she read aloud those books. A nice enough memory to be sure, but more so in light of the fact that things were frequently less than ideal at home. I have a friend that can rattle of pleasant memory after pleasant memory of her childhood while mine frequently ended with comments like "that was right after our house burned down" or "I think my grandma was in the mental institute then" or "I'm not sure why the neighbor shot our dog" and so on and so on. Of course there were plenty of moments of that weren't laced with trauma: being involved in local theater, hand making our own Christmas paper, eating snow cones while my dad coached baseball, etc, etc, etc but the memory that can bring back the most thorough and pleasant sensations is that of my mom at the end of my bed. Even when it was happening I could fell that it was a unique time and I didn't want to do anything to interfere with it. More than once she sat on my foot unintentionally and I laid as still as possible, ignoring the slight discomfort for fear of undoing any part of what was happening. Now I have my own kids and my own version of a "less than ideal home", and I read to them as well. The other night was chaotic and I was too occupied with other things to give them the attention they deserved and before I knew it bedtime was there and I was grumpy and yelling at them to get their teeth brushed and get to bed. I scolded myself in my mind AGAIN for not being the kind of parent I wanted to be that day and then... I sat in the hall between their rooms and read them the last chapter of Ramona and Her Mother and we laughed so hard at parts that I had to stop reading for us to collect ourselves and when Ramona referred to her mom as , "Better than any mother in the world" my daughter yelled "no!" and my son explained, when I looked up (assuming something had happened outside the book), "you're the best mom". And they're wrong. I am NOT the best mom in the world and I know that as they get older the juvenile idolization of parents will give way to a more cynical and frankly accurate perception of who I really am. They'll be able to reflect on all my parental short comings and likely find insecurities or imperfections in their personalities that they can blame on me BUT hopefully with that they will remember those moments when we forgot about cleaning rooms and brushing teeth and doing homework and bickering and we laughed really hard and talked about what we were reading and we just felt happy to be connected to each other.

  2. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Once again, Beverly Clearly does it with the character of Ramona, making it easy for readers to connect with this 7-year old girl. She manages to capture the struggles of that age. Though it was longer ago than I care to think about, I remember being 7, and the struggles I had when I was expected to act more mature, but still had to follow the same rules as I did before and chafed at being treated like a "baby" while dealing with pesky younger siblings and/or cousins. The struggle is real, you g Once again, Beverly Clearly does it with the character of Ramona, making it easy for readers to connect with this 7-year old girl. She manages to capture the struggles of that age. Though it was longer ago than I care to think about, I remember being 7, and the struggles I had when I was expected to act more mature, but still had to follow the same rules as I did before and chafed at being treated like a "baby" while dealing with pesky younger siblings and/or cousins. The struggle is real, you guys :P And Beverly Cleary is one of these rare authors that really manages to capture it profoundly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julia Winknler

    At 7 and a half, with working parents and a sister at "a difficult age," Ramona Quimby tries hard to do her part to keep family peace. Usually, however, she ends up behind every uproarious incident in the house. Whether she's dying herself blue, watching while her young neighbor flings Kleenex around the house, or wearing her soft new pajamas to school one day (under her clothes, of course), Ramona's life is never dull. Through it all, she is struggling for a place in her mother's heart, worried At 7 and a half, with working parents and a sister at "a difficult age," Ramona Quimby tries hard to do her part to keep family peace. Usually, however, she ends up behind every uproarious incident in the house. Whether she's dying herself blue, watching while her young neighbor flings Kleenex around the house, or wearing her soft new pajamas to school one day (under her clothes, of course), Ramona's life is never dull. Through it all, she is struggling for a place in her mother's heart, worried that she might be unlovable. Not a chance. Ramona Quimby is nothing if not lovable. Beverly Cleary's gift for understanding the tangle of thoughts and emotions in a child's mind and heart is remarkable. Luckily, in addition to being empathic, witty, and astute, Cleary is also prolific. She has created over two dozen children's books, and been presented with many awards, including the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, as well as the Newbery Honor for Ramona and Her Father

  4. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    An all-time legend, I stan <3 http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love how complex we see the family relationships and situations are. That a haircut out of the house is such a luxury. But the kicker for me was mom coming in and helping Ramona pack to run away. Actual LOL.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Hayes

    As a farming, homeschooling, radical homemaking Mama, I will happily go on record stating my distate for the likes of Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody. The modern sisters to Ramona Quimby, Junie and Judy, in my opinion, are simply brats living in a world that I'd prefer not to share with my daughters (although, I must admit, they rather enjoy them). But enter Ramona Quimby, and we are all on the same page. We all relate much more more with Ramona's mishaps and adventures, because they are based on As a farming, homeschooling, radical homemaking Mama, I will happily go on record stating my distate for the likes of Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody. The modern sisters to Ramona Quimby, Junie and Judy, in my opinion, are simply brats living in a world that I'd prefer not to share with my daughters (although, I must admit, they rather enjoy them). But enter Ramona Quimby, and we are all on the same page. We all relate much more more with Ramona's mishaps and adventures, because they are based on what most naughty behavior is based on - misunderstandings and good intentions with bad planning. Her character is believable and loveable, and the culture of the family resonates much more with our own experiences-- whether it is a night when Mom secretly feeds the girls tongue, or the fact that the family must get by with only one car, or that they confront the hardships of her dad being out of work or disliking his job, the hum of a sewing machine on a rainy Saturday, the smell of a slow cooker simmering away in the background, the unavoidable spats between moms and dads, or older sisters who come across as bossy, but who are truly well-meaning. Beverly Cleary's characters are believable and loveable, and the humor is timeless, good for full-belly laughter during bedtime reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The fifth book in the Ramona series focuses on Ramona and her mother. At the start the family has invited some of their neighbors over to celebrate Mr. Quimby finding a job at the supermarket. Ramona, of course is expected to entertain Willa Jean. I loved the chapter about the parent's argument, and fears that the sister have as they try to sleep that night. The great hair argument was very funny, and will appeal to people of all age's. My favorite is Ramona wearing her pajamas to school. I love The fifth book in the Ramona series focuses on Ramona and her mother. At the start the family has invited some of their neighbors over to celebrate Mr. Quimby finding a job at the supermarket. Ramona, of course is expected to entertain Willa Jean. I loved the chapter about the parent's argument, and fears that the sister have as they try to sleep that night. The great hair argument was very funny, and will appeal to people of all age's. My favorite is Ramona wearing her pajamas to school. I loved how the parent's deal with Ramona announcement that she is running away. Wonderful part of the Ramona Quimby story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    We started reading the series of books starring Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry and their friends a few years ago, but we never made too much progress. We intended to read more, but we always chose something else. Our youngest was given the book Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby to read by her second grade teacher to practice her reading comprehension and I thought we'd give the series another try. We listened to this book narrated by Stockard Channing on audio CD on a family road trip to Williamsburg. Despite We started reading the series of books starring Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry and their friends a few years ago, but we never made too much progress. We intended to read more, but we always chose something else. Our youngest was given the book Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby to read by her second grade teacher to practice her reading comprehension and I thought we'd give the series another try. We listened to this book narrated by Stockard Channing on audio CD on a family road trip to Williamsburg. Despite my hubby's initial objections, we all enjoyed listening to the story together, and the setting brought back a sense of nostalgia for my hubby and I. (R-O-L-A-I-D-S spells relief) Although these were written more than thirty years ago, they are still fun and great for children. It's refreshing to see that as time passes, some things still stay the same. I like the Ramona's sincerity and the fact that she experiences real emotions. She gets angry at times, but she is also joyous, fearful and proud. She is jealous of her older sister, but loves her and looks up to her as well. She worries when her parents fight. We really enjoyed listening to this book together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

    The Ramona books were a big part of my childhood reading, but I hadn't revisited Ramona and Her Mother in a couple of decades. Boy does this book hold up! When I played the audiobook for my kids on a road trip, I laughed and cried. And I didn't even particularly like this narrator (Stockard Channing), so full credit goes to Beverly Clearly, who is a genius at understanding the soul of a child. I can't think of a fictional character who is more real and more lovable than Ramona Quimby. Every word The Ramona books were a big part of my childhood reading, but I hadn't revisited Ramona and Her Mother in a couple of decades. Boy does this book hold up! When I played the audiobook for my kids on a road trip, I laughed and cried. And I didn't even particularly like this narrator (Stockard Channing), so full credit goes to Beverly Clearly, who is a genius at understanding the soul of a child. I can't think of a fictional character who is more real and more lovable than Ramona Quimby. Every word rings true. My kids loved the book too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ginnie

    This is at times a touching, funny, relatable tale of Ramona when she is 7 and a half. Beverly Cleary as an amazing talent for writting about everyday life in an amusing, way, but also writes about life's little hardships that don't seem so little when you are living them. Enjoyed this book immensely!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Once again, Cleary pulled up incidents from my own past. Seven-year-old Ramona admits that she's always wanted to pull Kleenex out of a box, just for the joy of pulling them. Then she wants to squeeze a new tube of toothpaste, sculpting a shape from the long white 'worm' that keeps growing. My sister was intrigued with powder in a powder mitt. Locked in the bathroom, she put a pat of powder in each of the tiles that covered the walls. Ramona would have approved. Here's the opening sen Once again, Cleary pulled up incidents from my own past. Seven-year-old Ramona admits that she's always wanted to pull Kleenex out of a box, just for the joy of pulling them. Then she wants to squeeze a new tube of toothpaste, sculpting a shape from the long white 'worm' that keeps growing. My sister was intrigued with powder in a powder mitt. Locked in the bathroom, she put a pat of powder in each of the tiles that covered the walls. Ramona would have approved. Here's the opening sentence of the book. It says so much; no words are wasted. "When will they be here?" asked Ramona Quimby, who was supposed to be dating the living room but instead was twirling around trying to make herself dizzy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    I think I really enjoyed this. Even though she is a punk I like it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I love it so read aloud to the whole family. Parents so relatable! Ramona so rascally wise! I love when my beloved books as a kid remain beloved. BC is a goddess genius of liturature!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    No one captures the epitome of a precocious little firecracker of a girl better than Beverly Cleary! I read my first ‘Ramona’ book when I was in the 2nd grade (“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” – still my favorite) and my enjoyment of them has not waned in the slightest 21 years later! I absolutely adore these books. They convey such a warm sense of family, even when times are tough (and they have to “scrimp and pinch to make ends meet”). Cleary’s ability to write from the perspective of a “seven and a hal No one captures the epitome of a precocious little firecracker of a girl better than Beverly Cleary! I read my first ‘Ramona’ book when I was in the 2nd grade (“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” – still my favorite) and my enjoyment of them has not waned in the slightest 21 years later! I absolutely adore these books. They convey such a warm sense of family, even when times are tough (and they have to “scrimp and pinch to make ends meet”). Cleary’s ability to write from the perspective of a “seven and a half” year old is so spot-on that you’ll find yourself remembering what it was like to be that age. I have read that not being able to find books containing characters she could relate to frustrated Cleary as a child; she went on to earn a library science degree and spent a lot of time around children who felt the same way she did. In writing her books, Cleary created a world of wonderful characters and stories that children could relate to for decades, and I would just like to say THANK YOU!! Much to my utter amazement, there is a new (to me) Ramona book that came out in 1999 called “Ramona’s World”. I will be adding this one to my To Read list!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I feel awful giving this book three stars. I think this series is the best ever! But my girls and I are listening to the series on audiotape (read by Stockard Channing), and I just didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. My girls think the toothpaste incident was hilarious, and are still talking about it...I take a deep breathe everytime I walk into the bathroom now. I think what I didn't like about this book so much is that its real - the bad haircut, the struggle to be understood, the per I feel awful giving this book three stars. I think this series is the best ever! But my girls and I are listening to the series on audiotape (read by Stockard Channing), and I just didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. My girls think the toothpaste incident was hilarious, and are still talking about it...I take a deep breathe everytime I walk into the bathroom now. I think what I didn't like about this book so much is that its real - the bad haircut, the struggle to be understood, the perceived unfairness. This series is wonderful - families aren't perfect, and I love the way they work through their problems. But it felt like this book had more problems than it did happy times. But that's life sometimes, right? My girls give this book five stars, and given that they are the audience it was written for, I suppose that is what matters! Therefore, my 4 star rating is the average.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    Want to do a reread so will review at that time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I look forward to reading this one to my girls.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie ReadingtoKnow

    Another win from Beverly Cleary! She really wrote amazingly memorable characters. My kids are begging me through this series. They think Ramona "fun!", "funny!", "enjoyable!", etc., etc. Honestly I had no plans to read through the Ramona series this year but the kids would seem to have us well on our way to doing it. These books have made for wonderful read aloud times!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I chose this for a reading challenge prompt, "Reread a favorite book from your childhood." Wow, Beverly Cleary had such an amazing insight into the way children think and perceive their world. I remember clearly being on Team Ramona before, but now I have more appreciation for her tired parents, haha.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tamara York

    Read aloud to my 7 and 9 year old. So happy to share these childhood favorites with my kids. They are even better read as an adult. This is the Year of Ramona in our house. We are 5 books in, 3 to go.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer

    Read aloud with Tara. I can acts remember some of the parts from when I read it as a little girl. All the feels. 💕

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Wilcox

    This one is a favorite, and Henry and Norah loved it, too. Who can’t relate to wanting to be a fireman and putting your clothes over your pajamas?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Havebooks Willread

    Such a fun little series. The kids laugh quite a bit. . .and Aryana asks if she is like Ramona. rueful chuckle

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Morrison

    I'm currently reading these books (out of order) with my youngest daughter. I know I read them when I was young, but besides the toothpaste tube incident, I didn't really remember much.

  25. 4 out of 5

    S.

    Goodreads.com's perhaps most respected reviewer, Dr. M of the department of theoretical physics and Pooh-studies, has perhaps written his most eloquent entry on the 1965 science fiction blockbuster, DUNE. M relates how it is the world, rather than the book, which has changed, such that if written today, the book would seem to be an endorsement of radical Islamic politicism, led by a charismatic leader, whereas at the time--and therefore now inaccessible to the younger reader, was the fact that t Goodreads.com's perhaps most respected reviewer, Dr. M of the department of theoretical physics and Pooh-studies, has perhaps written his most eloquent entry on the 1965 science fiction blockbuster, DUNE. M relates how it is the world, rather than the book, which has changed, such that if written today, the book would seem to be an endorsement of radical Islamic politicism, led by a charismatic leader, whereas at the time--and therefore now inaccessible to the younger reader, was the fact that the book was a sort of distillation of American Romanticism about the Arab world. There was once an America that rooted for the sand-dune dwelling nomads! Once Islamic revolt was an appealing possibility! in my own central focus, military writing, a similar but not exactly corresponding phenomenon exists. the US BLACKHAWK DOWN and the UK BRAVE TWO ZERO are two works that are quintessentially 90s. in the 90s, special operations consisting of noble, highly-trained professionals at war against the environment, the mob of humanity, the ruthless seemed to be the tone of the future. then came 9/11. instantly these books were relegated to the back shelf of war non-fiction, as once again the idea of country vs. country, national invasion vs. national army, republic vs. republic became the seeming tone of the 2000s. even today in 2013 the possibility of an armed incursion into a secular republic does not seem incomprehensible. the idea of a small forces hostage-rescue mission or special forces decapitation mission would be less fascinating, less studied. Ancient Greek Philosophhers might warn us that therefore such an incident is all the more likely, but who knows, who can say... well how does this relate to RAMONA AND HER MOTHER. well, possibly Democritius aside or the Heraclitus or whoever that proto-Stoic was, we're going to understand this work in reference to the fact that the reviewer is abroad, looking at Americana, or overworked and absurdist, who knows. or no, actually, the important thing is that Israelis and Arabs went like this: 1948 Arabs try to destroy Israel 1956 Israelis try to punish Egypt 1967 Israelis preemptively strike United Arabs 1973 Arabs suddenly shock Israel in the October War now whether you believe the US airlift to Israel was a massive and material change in a regional "fairly fought" surprise war, or whether the notion of a world without Israel is something that makes your blood boil and causes you to consider enlistment in the IDF, the Arab reaction of the "oil embargo" was either (a) a fascinating case of life imitating art (Dune was published in 1965 and discussed 'spice embargo', or (b) the important predecessor reason for why the US economy fell into recession in 1974, why the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations were therefore a bit subdued, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the cause of Beverly Cleary's "dark period" of Ramona 4 and 5. the Quimbys are hit by a recession! this squeaky clean 50s family explores family strife and economic reversal! but the depression or loss suffered by the artist is ultimately the gain of the reader, for whom these two children's books remain readable, even in one's later years. yes, I guess, ultimately, Ramona 4 and 5 probably just about equal the rest of Cleary's output. it's tough. Ralph the motorcycle-riding mouse is also entertaining. but... then again, wouldn't I rather have Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan than all of George Selden's output? hmm. tough questions. the famous "burning Louvre" problem seems to bring up conundrums as well even for kids' lit. complicated, ,twisted individuals, I guess, are just better. hmmm wasn't there some female CEO who supported one obscure brand of German opera. maybe a more valued addition to the gang we call humanity than a thousand apple-pie baking moms.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Girot17505

    Ramona and her mother: Synopsis: This is the 5th book of a series of books called Ramona & Beezus. This book doesn't have a really interesting plot, because it talks about a little girl named Ramona' life. In this book (book n*5) the author talks about Ramona' relationship with her mother. It also talks about how she feel's when people don't pay as much attention to her as when she was small and how her sister Beezus get's all her mother's attention. In this book you will read some Ramona and her mother: Synopsis: This is the 5th book of a series of books called Ramona & Beezus. This book doesn't have a really interesting plot, because it talks about a little girl named Ramona' life. In this book (book n*5) the author talks about Ramona' relationship with her mother. It also talks about how she feel's when people don't pay as much attention to her as when she was small and how her sister Beezus get's all her mother's attention. In this book you will read some of the silly mistakes Ramona has made like keeping her new pyjamas on because they were so soft and cosy and wore them to school under her uniform. Beverly Cleary also talks about how Ramona fell's when her mom and her dad work to much and how she want's it to be back the way it was when she was small. I didn't love this book but didn't hate it either, because it didn't have emotional moments nor a lot of excitement but I liked how it spoke about how a little five year old girl feel's in those moments of her life. Favorite scenes: Scene 1: I found chapter 6 extremely funny and sweet. Because in this chapter Ramona's mother find's brand new Pajamas Ramona is of course extremely happy about it because it was her very first piece of clothing that didn't belong to her sister before her. The pajamas are very comfortable so when she has to get ready for school the next day she doesn't want to take it off so she takes the decision to leave her pajamas on and put her close on top of them like the fireman she saw before. At first she feels extremely cozy inside her pajamas but after a few hours of staying in class with them she get very hot. When her teacher asks what is wrong she responded she was just very hot so the teacher worried Ramona was sick sends her to the nurse’ office. When the nurse takes her temperature she finds out she has no fever so she goes back to class. The teacher asks her what was wrong back then and when Ramona tells her teacher she tells her it all right and that she could go to the girls bath Scene 2: My truly favorite chapter is chapter 7. It is very funny and a little sentimental. In this chapter Ramona’s Teacher calls her house. When Ramona hears her mother talking on the phone and laughing she is certain that her teacher told her mother about the Pajama accident that had happened a few days earlier. She gets very angry and says that she is going to run away for ever. When she get’s into her room she start’s pacing her mother then comes in and tells her that she wants to help her pack and bring an extremely big suitcase… I enjoyed reading this book but didn’t love it. It is a book that is fairly easy to read but it does have a nice story into it. So I gave it a Ratting of three stars. ***

  27. 4 out of 5

    Britt Guild

    It's impossible to say I am reading children's literature without including a book written by Beverly Cleary. I remember reading through every Ramona Quimby book as a child feeling like she and I were alike in so many ways. I began to journal regularly from 6th grade on because Ramona Quimby had a journal. I haven't stopped writing yet. Ramona and Her Mother is a great book not only for a young girl to read but for a mother of young girls to read. I was obviously drawn to the relation It's impossible to say I am reading children's literature without including a book written by Beverly Cleary. I remember reading through every Ramona Quimby book as a child feeling like she and I were alike in so many ways. I began to journal regularly from 6th grade on because Ramona Quimby had a journal. I haven't stopped writing yet. Ramona and Her Mother is a great book not only for a young girl to read but for a mother of young girls to read. I was obviously drawn to the relationship between Ramona and her mother and found myself connecting to the stories of arguments between mother and daughter, struggles between sister and sister, and everyday realities of a white middle class family and never feeling financially ahead. I was able to relate to the characters and living situation as it mimics my life; therefore, I was able to find joy in each story. This is a realistic fiction book as the stories and characters are not about real people, but the fictional tales and people could conceivably be real. The gift of realistic fiction is that it is not difficult to connect to the story because at times it seems like the book is about your own life situation or that it was written to teach you something about yourself. Ramona and her older sister Beezus argue about things sisters would naturally fight about. The parents want to find more from their job and make decisions about going back to college to graduate and get a better job. Ramona confronts real insecurities about her relationship with her mother that are heartfelt and understandable for a 2nd grade girl. I would use this book in my classroom library as it is a clever account of realistic fiction with prose that is easy to read with funny stories that keep you paging through each chapter. I would have the Ramona series in my classroom library, but I would also make sure that I had several other family/relationship multicultural realistic fiction books available as not all students would identify with the story as I did. Students like to read about people and events they can connect to and only a limited number of students would find this connection with Ramona and her family. I could use this book to discuss with students conflict and conflict resolution as each time the family quarrels there is a process of forgiveness and resolve that students should learn to recognize and understand. I think it is important to emphasize with students that conflict is not always a bad thing just as Ramona's parents told her.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Margulis

    Beverly Cleary's books were among the first chapter books I ever read to myself after I learned to read. I have re-read some to my older children (before Goodreads was invented), our family has listened to the audiobooks during car trips, and now I've just finished reading this one -- Ramona and Her Mother -- out loud to my 4-year-old daughter. It's the first chapter book my daughter has ever had read to her, and she really loved it (though she would have liked more pictures.) Poor Ramona. Big S Beverly Cleary's books were among the first chapter books I ever read to myself after I learned to read. I have re-read some to my older children (before Goodreads was invented), our family has listened to the audiobooks during car trips, and now I've just finished reading this one -- Ramona and Her Mother -- out loud to my 4-year-old daughter. It's the first chapter book my daughter has ever had read to her, and she really loved it (though she would have liked more pictures.) Poor Ramona. Big Sister Beezus is going through a hard age and Ramona, who is seven and a half, is feeling unloved and left out. She figures out clever ways to amuse Willa Jean, Howie Kemp's little sister, but finds it tremendously irksome when the grown-ups around her say Ramona used to be like the pesky, whiny, stuffed-animal-mutilating Willa Jean. And Ramona's active imagination (she is a little bunny one minute, a fire fighter putting out a blaze the next) gets her into all sorts of unexpected trouble... Reading this Ramona book out of order was totally fine for us. And my 4-year-old is eager to read another! (I gave this one four stars instead of five only because I don't think it's the best Ramona book. But perhaps that is the wrong rating. I really think Beverly Cleary is a genius of a writer. Her language is simple yet evocative, her characters so well drawn but not one dimensional, her stories compelling without ever being overly dramatic -- in fact, very little happens in her books -- and her sense of place, Oregon, perfect. I met a children's author who knows Ms. Cleary personally and says she is old-fashioned, polite, exacting, intelligent, and very charming. It seems presumptuous of me to rate her work. She really is in a league of her own.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin R

    Ramona Quimby feels that her mother just does not love her as much as her older sister, Beezus (Beatrice). She works hard to stay out of trouble, but when you are seven and a half, that is just plain hard to do. Plus family relationships are strained for everyone as Mr. Quimby has just started a terrible new job, Beezus is entering her teen years, and Mrs. Quimby struggles to balance the needs of the family with her own full-time employment. Poor misunderstood Ramona learns that life is just not Ramona Quimby feels that her mother just does not love her as much as her older sister, Beezus (Beatrice). She works hard to stay out of trouble, but when you are seven and a half, that is just plain hard to do. Plus family relationships are strained for everyone as Mr. Quimby has just started a terrible new job, Beezus is entering her teen years, and Mrs. Quimby struggles to balance the needs of the family with her own full-time employment. Poor misunderstood Ramona learns that life is just not always wonderful, grown-ups are not perfect, sisters can be friends, and that she is loved and cherished by her mother amidst all of it. This contemporary realistic fiction novel is a great way for students to learn how to identify with a character’s experiences. I read this book as a second grader and remember so vividly how much I felt that I both understood all that Ramona felt and that we had so much in common. These realistic themes of childhood, changes, and growth are what make this novel appropriate for the contemporary realistic fiction category. I would love to integrate this book into a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom by reading it aloud to my students. It is just so fun and honest and is wonderful way for students to think about their own life challenges through the lens of a character that is very similar to them. The book could also be used as a prompt for creative writing, perhaps giving students a chance to write about a life challenge they have experienced but in a comical light.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I feel like this book was all over the place; it had different & random stories about a 7 1/2 year old spoiled little girl in every chapter. There was a lack of discipline in the household; Ramona assumed things way to much & her reactions to things like in chapter 7 was one of a child that has little respect for others & believes the world revolves around her! This is a personal opinion but I can't stand children like that! Yes, this is a book but it's a book about a child like that I feel like this book was all over the place; it had different & random stories about a 7 1/2 year old spoiled little girl in every chapter. There was a lack of discipline in the household; Ramona assumed things way to much & her reactions to things like in chapter 7 was one of a child that has little respect for others & believes the world revolves around her! This is a personal opinion but I can't stand children like that! Yes, this is a book but it's a book about a child like that so I was not to fond of this plot. Plus every chapter was something new it didn't flow for me. There was a complete chapter about her pajamas!! Really?! Talk about boring! I understand that it's a children's book but I've read TONS of children's books & I have never been so bored reading a book! It took me forever to finish it because I put the book down for 2 weeks without reading. I like when a book regardless of it's genre keeps me wanting to know me. I want for the author to keep me intrigued; to where I can't put the book down. That didn't happen in this case. I rate this book 2 stars!! ⭐️⭐️ Not the best book I've read! I hold every book to the same standard & this wasn't up to par! Again this is a PERSONAL REVIEW & is MY PERSONAL OPINION!!

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