Ellen Tebbits

Ellen Tebbits

by Beverly Cleary
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Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary

Ellen was eight years old and wore bands on her teeth. Her best friend had just moved away and she missed her. Still, as she walked to the Spofford School of the Dance one Saturday, she was almost glad she had no best friend. Best friends do not have secrets from each other, and Ellen had a secret she did not want to share with anyone. But by the time the dancing lesson was over (surely the most devastating dancing lesson on record), Ellen had found a best friend and shared her secret. The best friend was Austine, and the secret was that Ellen was wearing woolen underwear. So was Austine!

This whole book is a cause for rejoicing, for Mrs. Cleary has done it again. Ellen Tebbits is as funny as Henry Huggins. Perhaps it is even funnier. The children who read it will decide for themselves. Louis Darling, who has provided the wonderful illustrations, has already made his decision. He calls it a draw.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440722991
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/18/1923
Series: Ellen & Otis Series
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

Tracy Dockray is a fine artist and illustrator who has contributed to more than twenty illustrated books, including the bestselling Grimm's Grimmest, Delia at the Delano, and all of Beverly Cleary's highly popular children's books, most notably Ramona. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she holds an MFA from Pratt and lives in New York City.

Hometown:

Carmel, California

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1916

Place of Birth:

McMinnville, Oregon

Education:

B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Ellen Tebbits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ellen Tebbits is a third grade school girl who finally finds a best friend in Austine Allen, the new student in her class who has moved from California, primarily because the two share a terrible secret. In fact, the two become such close companions that they decide to dress as twins on the first day of fourth grade. Unfortunately, Mrs. Allen is not nearly as good a seamstress as Mrs. Tebbits, and Austine's dress looks terrible. The two argue about it, and thinking that Austine has untied her sash, Ellen slaps Austine in the face. Ellen wants desperately to be Austine's friend again and later finds out that it was actually Otis Spofford who untied her sash, but she is too proud to apologize to Austine. Will the two ever be able to make up? I have read many of Beverly Cleary's books for children, and I will try to be honest. I really liked the three books about Ralph Mouse. The books about Henry Huggins are fairly good. The books about Ramona Quimby, two of which were Newbery Honor books, are, in my estimation, not as good, but they are still all right and probably appeal more to girls than boys. I did not care for the only book for which Clearly won the Newbery Award, Dear Mr. Henshaw. Personally, I thought that it was depressing, but a lot of people have found it useful. However, I did enjoy reading Ellen Tebbits. It presents a realistic picture of elementary school life and deals sensitively with some issues that children of that age face, yet is written in an interesting style that will capture the fancy of young readers.
Mattie604 More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I was way above the age level. But I still enjoyed the novel. The book is about Ellen Tebbits, a well-mannered perfectionist starting third grade. While attending ballet class, she discovers an embarrassing secret about another student, Austine. Ellen also has the same secret, and the two become the best of friends. Then, Ellen makes a terrible mistake she must fix. For stingy children, they can relate to Ellen¿s remorse and unwillingness to formally apologize to Austine. The book was relatable to me, even at age ten. The incidents Ellen goes through- accidentally getting in trouble, ducking bullying from a boy in her class, and struggling to find a secure best friend that will share her interests- even applies to a middle-schoolers. This was a wonderful read, and even though I¿m too old for it, I¿m never too old to laugh at its antics. If you are looking for a hilarious, relatable, easy novel written by a familiar author like Beverly Cleary, buy this book now!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book especially for girls in between 8 and 10. I loved it when I was younger and I can understand how some people may think that it is boring or old fashioned, but hey, it kind of is an old fashioned book.
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I love the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book intersting but kind of boring. I mean WOOL underwear ....... really
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading these Beverly Cleary books in school getting them off the Bookmobile or at the little store that had books to lend. Another time long ago now I entertain my grands with her always good books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not judy blume it is beaverly cleary
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This was the best book I ever read and I've read a lot of books! Beverly Cleary is the best auther EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is a great book!! So read it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great it really is!!!! I just starting reading it and its great so far. Well im over the age level but who cares it is still the best book i read on my nook!! Wow i would really request this book for grades 3-4 its great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word. AMAZING!!!!!!
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The best book ever did not tell us about tjis book it rocks
Nancy Grady More than 1 year ago
She cared and a great novel
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Abdulkadir Issa More than 1 year ago
wow its the best book on earth
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly adored this novel. With a 5 star average, you should read it too. I have read it 4 times and I never get tired of it. This story is funny from begining to end and made me cry of laughter. You can relate to Elen so well and deffinatley name a few 'Otises' from school or your neighborhood. Can't go wrong with Cleary, one of my all time favorite comidy authors. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book I read when I was nine or ten and I read it to my almost-nine-year-old daughter when she was seven. In places we laughed so hard we had to quit reading for a few minutes. She has since read it to herself and it is her favorite book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cleary out did herself on this book. I read it so many times before i could even take it back to the library. I'd recomend it to anyone who like Cleary Books.