Ramona and Her Mother [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
Poor Ramona! Not quite eight, but half past seven, this enthusiastic dynamo is feeling one powerful emotion: unloved. Her older sister, Beezus, seems to do everything right--at least as far as Ramona's mom is concerned. So Ramona gloats just a bit when Beezus causes a stink about not being allowed to visit a professional hair stylist, instead of having her hair cut at home. When Ramona's mom goes back to work, and her dad hates his new job, other frictions visit on the Quimby household, making both girls worry that their parents are headed for divorce. Cleary keeps this book hopping, jumping easily from scenario to scenario. Its success, as in Cleary's other Ramona books, is in pulling our heartstrings and making us laugh. Readers will hoot as Ramona squirts every last drop from a new toothpaste tube--just because she always wanted to. We also see her nearly barf in the backseat of the car, and dye herself and her friend Howie bright blue. But it is when Ramona threatens to run away and her mother helps her pack, that we root hard for little "Nobody likes me!" Ramona. Of course, Mrs. Quimby has a trick up her sleeve: "You tricked me!" cries Ramona. "You made the suitcase too heavy on purpose. You don't want me to run away!" Of course not, says her mother: "I couldn't get along without my Ramona." Neither, I suspect can readers.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Ramona, in her own inimitable and highly entertaining way, tries to understand the world around her and overcome the difficult situations in her life. When she mistakenly arrives at the conclusion that nobody loves her, she thinks about leaving home. She's even more surprised when her mother helps her pack her clothes. In any language, children will relate to this winning heroine. The beautifully written prose translates smoothly into Spanish, and the black-and-white line drawings are the same as in the English edition.-Alexandra Gomez, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061972324
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Ramona Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 51,088
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

Biography

Beverly Cleary was inadvertently doing market research for her books before she wrote them, as a young children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington. Cleary heard a lot about what kids were and weren’t responding to in literature, and she thought of her library patrons when she later sat down to write her first book.

Henry Huggins, published in 1950, was an effort to represent kids like the ones in Yakima and like the ones in her childhood neighborhood in Oregon. The bunch from Klickitat Street live in modest houses in a quiet neighborhood, but they’re busy: busy with rambunctious dogs (one Ribsy, to be precise), paper routes, robot building, school, bicycle acquisitions, and other projects. Cleary was particularly sensitive to the boys from her library days who complained that they could find nothing of interest to read – and Ralph and the Motorcycle was inspired by her son, who in fourth grade said he wanted to read about motorcycles. Fifteen years after her Henry books, Cleary would concoct the delightful story of a boy who teaches Ralph to ride his red toy motorcycle.

Cleary’s best known character, however, is a girl: Ramona Quimby, the sometimes difficult but always entertaining little sister whom Cleary follows from kindergarten to fourth grade in a series of books. Ramona is a Henry Huggins neighbor who, with her sister, got her first proper introduction in Beezus and Ramona, adding a dimension of sibling dynamics to the adventures on Klickitat Street. Cleary’s stories, so simple and so true, deftly portrayed the exasperation and exuberance of being a kid. Finally, an author seemed to understand perfectly about bossy/pesty siblings, unfair teachers, playmate politics, the joys of clubhouses and the perils of sub-mattress monsters.

Cleary is one of the rare children’s authors who has been able to engage both boys and girls on their own terms, mostly through either Henry Huggins or Ramona and Beezus. She has not limited herself to those characters, though. In 1983, she won the Newbery Medal with Dear Mr. Henshaw, the story of a boy coping with his parents’ divorce, as told through his journal entries and correspondence with his favorite author. She has also written a few books for older girls (Fifteen, The Luckiest Girl, Sister of the Bride, and Jean and Johnny) mostly focusing on first love and family relationships. A set of books for beginning readers stars four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet.

Some of Cleary’s books – particularly her titles for young adults – may seem somewhat alien to kids whose daily lives don’t feature soda fountains, bottles of ink, or even learning cursive. Still, the author’s stories and characters stand the test of time; and she nails the basic concerns of childhood and adolescence. Her books (particularly the more modern Ramona series, which touches on the repercussions of a father’s job loss and a mother’s return to work) remain relevant classics.

Cleary has said in an essay that she wrote her two autobiographical books, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet, "because I wanted to tell young readers what life was like in safer, simpler, less-prosperous times, so different from today." She has conveyed that safer, simpler era -- still fraught with its own timeless concerns -- to children in her fiction as well, more than half a century after her first books were released.

Good To Know

Word processing is not Cleary's style. She writes, "I write in longhand on yellow legal pads. Some pages turn out right the first time (hooray!), some pages I revise once or twice and some I revise half-a-dozen times. I then attack my enemy the typewriter and produce a badly typed manuscript which I take to a typist whose fingers somehow hit the right keys. No, I do not use a computer. Everybody asks."

Cleary usually starts her books on January 2.

Up until she was six, Cleary lived in Yamhill, Oregon -- a town so small it had no library. Cleary's mother took up the job of librarian, asking for books to be sent from the state branch and lending them out from a lodge room over a bank. It was, Clearly remembers, "a dingy room filled with shabby leather-covered chairs and smelling of stale cigar smoke. The books were shelved in a donated china cabinet. It was there I made the most magical discovery: There were books written especially for children!"

Cleary authored a series of tie-in books in the early 1960s for classic TV show Leave It to Beaver.

Cleary's books appear in over 20 countries in 14 languages.

Cleary's book The Luckiest Girl is based in part on her own young adulthood, when a cousin of her mother's offered to take Beverly for the summer and have her attend Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, California. Cleary went from there to the University of California at Berkeley.

The actress Sarah Polley got her start playing Ramona in the late ‘80s TV series. Says Cleary in a Q & A on her web site: “I won’t let go of the rights for television productions unless I have script approval. There have been companies that have wanted the movie rights to Ramona, but they won’t let me have script approval, and so I say no. I did have script approval for the television productions of the Ramona series…. I thought Sarah Polley was a good little actress, a real little professional.”

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    1. Also Known As:
      Beverly Atlee Bunn (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Carmel, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      McMinnville, Oregon
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    Simple, Moving, Great

    This book, like any Ramona Quimby book, is funny, touching, and heartfelt. Cleary is a great author who writes for children in an honest, humorous way. I've loved these books for years, and as an adult, they are still good.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    so sweet!

    love all the ramona books but this is especially sweet! love it, read it! : D

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2000

    A fun and happy story for people of all ages!!

    This story has a very good storyline. I think that this is one of the best books ever written, because it always puts me in a good mood when I read about Ramona. I have been reading all Ramona books since I was very young and I have always and will always love them.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    Ximena

    it was the best book ever!!!!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    love the book

    ramona. and her mother is my fave book in the whole series.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Great for girls NAMED Ramona

    I am a 10 year old and my name is Ramona . I thought I had one of the most unusual names until I found this series now I own every book from Beezus and Ramona, to Ramona's World

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    i lovw this book

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Hey

    I love dis book

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    A good book.

    Ramona and Beatrice is a good book. But ramona and her mother is my FAVORITE!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Madison

    it was a really sweet book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Nggnbb

    "Cant get along without my Beezus," was a quote from Mrs.Quimby one day when they were having brunch. It kinda set off a bomb. Cause' Ramona felt jelouse. One of my favorite parts in this book was the GREAT HAIR ARGUMENT. I also liked when they forgot to turn on the crock-pot and Mr. and Mrs. Quimby get into an argument.


    Ramona and her mother is a heart warming story about a girl and her mom. At the end Ramona fells like her teacher betrayed her because she left her pajamas at school and she thought the teacher told her mom so Ramona tries to run away.

    In the movie I think seleana gomez totaly pulled it off. That is my opinion

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Ra. Ramona and her Mother

    I thought this was a really great book. It teaches kids that even though it may seem like no one likes you, they really do care.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Cute!

    Ramona should be more carful

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Ramona and her mother

    This book is so awsome , and ramona is adorable cute
    And witty! _Faith egan

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Howlivi

    Good book i am rating this because it is a good book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 7, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Favorite

    My favorite Ramona book!!!!
    3rd grader

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Free pink ipod

    Kiss your hand three times repost this on three diffrent books and look under your pillow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Good book

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I love the way the author wrote this book. I've read all of the

    I love the way the author wrote this book. I've read all of the books. Pretty entertaining.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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