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Ramona y su madre (Ramona and Her Mother)


Ramona Quimby, uno de los personajes más queridos de la literatura infantil, siente que verdaderamente nadie la quiere. ¿Por qué será que su madre no tiene tiempo para darse cuenta de que su hija de siete años y medio se comporta como una persona mayor?...bueno por lo menos cuando no se halla ocupada exprimiendo el tubo de pasta dentífrica o cuando va a la escuela en pijama.

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

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Ramona y su madre: Ramona and Her Mother

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Ramona Quimby, uno de los personajes más queridos de la literatura infantil, siente que verdaderamente nadie la quiere. ¿Por qué será que su madre no tiene tiempo para darse cuenta de que su hija de siete años y medio se comporta como una persona mayor?...bueno por lo menos cuando no se halla ocupada exprimiendo el tubo de pasta dentífrica o cuando va a la escuela en pijama.

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 workwith children. She was Children'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.

Ramona at 7 1/2 sometimes feels discriminated against by being the youngest in the family.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
La autora demuestra su inimtable hablidad para adentrarse en la mente infantil; conocemos a Ramona como a nosotros mismos.
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: 9780688154660
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/16/1997
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Ramona Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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.

Jacqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly a 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

Un Regalo Para Willa Jean

— ¿Cuándo van a venir? — preguntó Ramona Quimby.

En vez de pasar el trapo del polvo por el salón, como le habían dicho, estaba dando vueltas y más vueltas, intentando marearse. Estaba demasiado nerviosa para ponerse a limpiar.

— Dentro de media hora — gritó su madre desde la cocina, donde ella y Beatrice, la hermana mayor de Ramona, abrían y cerraban las puertas de la nevera y del horno, chocando una con la otra, olvidando dónde habían puesto los agarradores, encontrándolos y perdiendo entonces la cuchara de madera.

Los Quimby habían invitado a sus vecinos a un brunch el día de Año Nuevo para celebrar que el señor Quimby había conseguido un puesto de trabajo en el supermercado Shop-Rite después de estar en paro durante varios meses. A Ramona le gustaba la palabra brunch, y en su interior pensaba que su familia había hecho trampa porque ya habían desayunado temprano en la mañana. La verdad es que necesitaban tener fuerzas para preparar la fiesta.

— Oye, Ramona — dijo la señora Quimby mientras colocaba rápidamente los cubiertos de plata en la mesa del comedor —, vas a ser simpática con Willa Jean, ¿verdad? Y procura no molestar a los invitados.

-Ramona, ¡ten cuidado! — dijo el señor Quimby, que estaba colocando unos troncos en la chimenea — . Has estado a punto de tirar la lámpara.

Ramona dejó de dar vueltas, tambaleándose porel mareo y haciendo una mueca. Willa jean, la hermana pequeña de su amigo Howie Kemp, era una pesada, una mocosa que siempre se metia donde no la llamaban y encima tenía que salirse con la suya.

— Y pórtate bien — dijo el señor Quimby — . Willa Jean es una invitada más.

"Yo no la he invitado," pensó Ramona, que ya tenía bastante con aguantar a Willa Jean cuando iba a jugar a casa de Howie.

-Si Howie tiene catarro y no puede venir, ¿por qué no se queda Willa Jean con su abuela también? — preguntó Ramona.

-La verdad es que no lo sé — dijo su madre — . Así son las cosas. Cuando los Kemp me han preguntado si podían traer a Willa Jean, he tenido que decirles que sé.

"Pues no lo entiendo," pensó Ramona, dándose cuenta de que por las buenas o por las malas, Willa jean iba a venir y más le valìa estar dispuesta a defender sus posesiones. Fue a su habitación y guardó sus crayolas buenas y el papel de dibujo en un cajón, tapándolo todo con su pijama. Los patines de ruedas que le habían regalado por Navidad y sus juguetes preferidos, los animales de peluche, con los que ya no jugaba casi nunca pero que aún le encantaban, fueron a parar a un rincón del armario. Los escondió debajo de la bata de casa y cerró la puerta cuidadosamente.

"¿Con qué podría distraerla?," pensó. Sabía que si Willa Jean no tenía algo con que jugar, iría rápidamente a delatarla a los mayores: "¡Ramona ha escondido sus juguetes!" Puso una serpiente de peluche encima de la cama y luego pensó que a Willa Jean casi seguro que no le gustaban las serpientes de peluche.

Lo que le hacía falta era un regalo, algo envuelto y atado con un buen nudo, un regalo que Willa Jean tardara mucho tiempo en abrir. A Ramona le gustaba casi igual hacer regalos que recibirlos y si le daba algo a Willa Jean, no sólo disfrutaría con ello, sino que además sabía lo que iban a pensar los mayores: "Qué amable es Ramona, qué generosa, dándole un regalo a Willa Jean, ¿verdad? Y justo después de la Navidad, además." Mirarían a Ramona, que llevaba sus pantalones nuevos a cuadros rojos y verdes, con su suéter rojo de cuello alto, y dirían: "Ramona es una de las ayudantes de Papá Noel, es igualita que los duendes que vienen en Navidad."

Ramona sonrió mientras se miraba al espejo, satisfecha consigo misma. De los dientes importantes, sólo dos le habían salido a medias, con lo cual parecía una de las calabazas de la víspera de Halloween, pero no le importaba. Si ya le estaban saliendo dientes de persona mayor, el resto de la cara le iría cambiando poco a poco.

Por encima del hombro vio reflejada en el espejo una caja de Kleenex medio vacía, en el suelo, junto a su cama. ¡Kleenex! Ésa era la solución al problema del regalo. Fue corriendo a la cocina, donde Beezus estaba trabajando la masa de los panecillos mientras su padre freía salchichas y su madre intentaba sacar del molde un enorme pastel de pescado para ponerlo en una fuente cubierta de lechuga.

— Lo del regalo es una buena idea — dijo la señora Quimby cuando Ramona le pidió permiso — pero una caja de Kleenex no me parece un regalo muy bueno.

Siguió agitando el molde. El pastel se negaba a deslizarse fuera de la vasija. Su madre, que tenía la cara enrojecida, echó un vistazo al reloj del horno.

Ramona insistió:

— A Willa Jean le gustará. Lo sé.

No tenía tiempo para explicarle lo que Willa Jean iba a hacer con los Keenex...

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