Ramona empieza el curso (Ramona Quimby Age 8) (Ramona Series)

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Ramona Quimby, uno de los personajes más queridos de la literatura infantil, empieza el tercer grado con una maestra nueva que los llama "chices". Nuestra incontrolable heroína se enfrenta a un reto tras otro, desde lavarse la cabeza con huevos, hasta vomitar delante de toda la clase, cuando trata de demostrarle a la señora Ballenay que ella no es una "superfastidiosa".

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Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, ...

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Ramona empieza el curso: Ramona Quimby, Age 8

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Ramona Quimby, uno de los personajes más queridos de la literatura infantil, empieza el tercer grado con una maestra nueva que los llama "chices". Nuestra incontrolable heroína se enfrenta a un reto tras otro, desde lavarse la cabeza con huevos, hasta vomitar delante de toda la clase, cuando trata de demostrarle a la señora Ballenay que ella no es una "superfastidiosa".

Author Biography:

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There Mrs. Cleary learned to love books. When the family moved to Portland, where Mrs. Cleary attended grammar school and high school, she soon found herself in the low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers. By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew.

After graduation from junior college in Ontario, California, and the University of California at Berkeley, Mrs. Cleary entered the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle. There she specialized in library work with children. She wasChildren's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, until she married Clarence Cleary and moved to California. The Clearys are the parents of twins, now grown. Mrs. Cleary's hobbies are travel and needlework.

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 1983. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively. Among Mrs. Cleary's other awards are the American Library Association's 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association's 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi's 1982 Silver Medallion, all presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition, Mrs. Cleary was the 1984 United States author nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a prestigious international award. Equally important are the more than 35 statewide awards Mrs. Cleary's books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children, featuring bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy, was recently opened in Portland, Oregon.

This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and 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. There have been Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish television programs based on the Henry Huggins series. PBS-TV aired a ten-part series based on the Ramona stories. One-hour adaptations of the three Ralph S. Mouse books have been shown on ABC-TV. All of Mrs. Cleary's adaptations still can be seen on cable television, and the Ramona adaptations are available in video stores.


The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788423927913
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/15/1996
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Ramona Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.35 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

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.


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.

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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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Chapter One

El Primer Dia De Escuela

Ramona tenía la esperanza de que sus padres se olvidaran de darle las recomendaciones de siempre. No quería que nada estropeara este día tan emocionante.

— Fastídiate; voy a ir a la escuela en autobús yo sola — alardeó ante su hermana Beatrice mientras desayunaban.

Notó un estremecimiento en el estómagoal pensar en el dia tan divertido que le esperaba, un día que iba a empezar montando en autobús el tiempo suficiente para sentirse lejos de casa pero no lo bastante para marearse. Ramona iba a ir en autobús porque durante el verano habían tenido lugar una serie de cambios en las escuelas de la zona de la ciudad donde vivían los Quimby. Glenwood, la escuela a la que iban las niñas antes, se iba a dedicar a la enseñanza secundaria solamente, por lo que Ramona tenia que empezar a ir a la escuela Cedarhurst.

— Fastídiate tú — dijo Beezus, que estaba demasiado contenta para enojarse con su hermana pequeña —. Yo empiezo hoy la escuela superior.

— Escuela intermedia -le corrigió Ramona, que no estaba dispuesta a permitir que su hermana se hiciera la mayor-. La escuela intermedia Rosemont no es lo mismo que la secundaria, y además tienes que ir andando.

Ramona habia llegado a una edad en que podia exigir a los demás que hablaran con propiedad y a si misma también. Durante todo el verano, cuando alguna persona mayor le habia preguntado en que' curso estaba, al contestar "en tercero", le habia dado lasensación de que mentía, porque la verdad es que no habia empezado tercero. Pero no podia decir que estaba en segundo, puesto que lo habia terminado en junio. Los mayores no entienden que en verano no existen los cursos.

— Fastídiense las dos — dijo el señor Quimby, mientras llevaba los platos del desayuno a la cocina —. No son las únicas que van a la escuela hoy.

El dia anterior habia dejado de trabajar como cajero en el supermercado Shop-Rite. Hoy iba a volver a la universidad, porque queria convertirse en lo que él llamaba un profesor de verdad. También iba a trabajar un día a la semana en el almacén de congelados de la cadena de supermercados Sbop-Rite para "ir tirando", como dicen los mayores, hasta que terminara de estudiar.

-Si no se apuran, se van a fastidiar todos dijo la señora Quimby, removiendo la espuma que habia en el fregadero.

Se separó de la pila para no manchar el uniforme blanco que llevaba en la consulta del médico donde trabajaba de recepcionista.

— Papá ¿te van a dar tarea?

Ramona se limpió el bigote de leche y recogiñ sus platos del desayuno.

— Claro.

El señor Quimby intentó dar a Ramona con un trapo de cocina mientras pasaba junto a'éRamona soltó una risita y lo esquivó, contenta de verle contento. Ya nunca volverí a estar todo el día sentado delante de la caja de un supermercado, sumando las compras

de una fila enorme de personas que tienen prisa. Ramona deslizó su plato dentro del agua. — ¿Y mama' va a tener que firmar tus notas? La señora Quimby soltó una carcajada. — Espero que si — dijo.

Beezus fue la úItima en llevar sus platos a la cocina.

-Papá¿tienes que estudiar para ser profesor? — preguntó.

Ramona habia estado haciéndose la misma pregunta. Su padre sabia leer y sabía matemdticas. Sabía quiénes eran los exploradores de Oregon y sabía las equivalencias de las medidas.

El señor Quimby secó un plato y lo metió en el armario.

— Voy a estudiar arte, porque quiero ser profesor de arte. Y voy a estudiar el desarrollo infantil ...

Ramona le interrumpió:

— ¿Qué es el desarrollo infantil?

— Cómo crecen los niños — contestó su padre.

"¿Hay que ir a la universidad para estudiar una cosa como esa?", se preguntó Ramona.

Llevaba toda la vida oyendo que para crecer hay que comer bien, normalmente cosas que no gustan, y dormir mucho, casi siempre cuando se tienen cosas más interesantes que hacer.

La señora Quimby colgó el trapo de cocina, cogió a Tiquismiquis, el gato viejo y color canela que tenían los Quimby, y lo soltó en la parte de arriba de las escaleras del sótano.

— En marcha — dijo —, o van a llegar todos tarde a la escuela.

Después de las prisas de toda la familia lavándose los dientes, el señor Quimby dijo a sus hijas:

— Abran la mano.

Y en cada una de ellas dejó caer una goma de borrar, nueva y de color rosa.

— Es para darles suerte — dijo —, no porque piense que se van a equivocar.

— Gracias — dijeron las niñas.

Cualquier regalo les hacía ilusión, por muy pequeño que fuera, porque mientras la familia había estado ahorrando dinero para que el señor Quimby volviera a estudiar, los regalos habían sido escasos. A Ramona, que le gustaba dibujar tanto como a su padre, le gustó especialmente su goma nueva, suave, de color rosa perlado, con un ligero olor a plástico y perfecta para borrar rayas hechas a lápiz.

La señora Quimby dio a cada miembro de la familia su comida, dos en bolsas de papel y una, la de Ramona, en una maletita especial.

— Bueno, Ramona . . . — empezó su madre.

Ramona suspiró. Ya había llegado el momento de las recomendaciones que tanto odiaba.

-Por favor -dijo su madre-, sé....

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    Good book for learning to read Spanish

    This is a good book to pick up if you're trying to learn how to read Spanish. The vocabulary is not too tough, but yet it encompasses most of the verb tenses that are used in every day speech.

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    It should be in english.

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