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Cleary: Ramona Forever
Washington Post ^ | 4/12/06 | Tracy Grant

Posted on 04/12/2006 7:52:38 AM PDT by Borges

Next time you're at your school or public library, check out the "C" section of kids' fiction. Chances are you'll see at least one shelf filled with books by Beverly Cleary.

The author who created characters as memorable as Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins has written 39 children's books, and most libraries have several copies of her most popular titles.

Beverly Cleary turns 90 today. To celebrate her birthday, kids across the country will Drop Everything And Read, just like Ramona does in "Ramona Quimby, Age 8."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: childrensliterature; genx

Beverly Cleary, who turns 90 today, says that a school librarian encouraged her to become a children's author. "It seemed like a good idea, so I did."
1 posted on 04/12/2006 7:52:39 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

"Ramona we do not put jelly on our mashed potatoes!"


2 posted on 04/12/2006 7:58:46 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Borges; qam1

loved, Loved, LOVED Ramona!!!
Boy, does this bring back memories! I might just have to become a collector.
I remember when Ramona's galoshes got stuck in the big mud puddle....poor Ramona.


3 posted on 04/12/2006 8:00:23 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Hey, Washington, which laws do I get to break?)
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To: Borges

I loved my Ramona Quimby books when I was little and basically anything by Cleary. Ramona, Ralph S. Mouse, Dear Mr. Henshaw, etc.

I can't wait to get some of those books for my soon to be born daughter.


4 posted on 04/12/2006 8:03:25 AM PDT by elc
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To: Borges

Loved those books when I was a kid.


5 posted on 04/12/2006 8:04:43 AM PDT by iceskater (One person's mess is another person's filing system.)
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To: Borges

My son is reading the books, and is shocked to learn that I read them, too. That makes me ANCIENT! :)


6 posted on 04/12/2006 8:06:46 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny. "--Aeschylus)
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To: Borges

Great books - loved them as a kid. Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary!


7 posted on 04/12/2006 8:25:18 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: Borges

My favorite character of that neighborhood is Ribsy -- what a great dog! And left-pawed, same as me!

8 posted on 04/12/2006 8:30:27 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Republican Wildcat

I love when Ramona tells her father to get the Dawnzer when he's having trouble reading his evening paper, "It gives off lee light." LOL!!


9 posted on 04/12/2006 8:31:58 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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10 posted on 04/12/2006 8:42:56 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

Thanks for the ping!

I literally was just telling someone I had a boing-boing curl. They looked at me like I had three heads. (Yes, it's a Ramona-ism!)


11 posted on 04/12/2006 8:49:23 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (Tour guide goddess)
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To: Borges

How cool! We own four of her books. Didn't know she was still alive. Am considering having the kids write a letter to her.


12 posted on 04/12/2006 8:55:26 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy (I'm writing a post to a message board. I don't care if it's not grammatically perfect.)
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To: Hoodlum91

I like your boing-boing curl...


13 posted on 04/12/2006 9:11:10 AM PDT by RockinRight (Yes...she's an excellent tour guide!)
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To: Borges
"I actually kind of like that her books take place a long time ago," Carly says.

I think ill just go shuffle off into a corner and die nowif i can rember where the corner is with my alzhiemers acting up today

14 posted on 04/12/2006 9:17:15 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Borges
Beverly Cleary started it all for me. Ramona the Brave was the first "long" book I ever read, and it remains my favorite kids book.

In fact, I owe a lot to Ms. Cleary. I wanted to be a writer after I read her stuff, and especially a writer of kids literature.

I mean, I named my daughter Beatrice (and yes, her nickname IS BEEZUS!)

15 posted on 04/12/2006 9:34:30 AM PDT by RepoGirl ("That boy just ain't right..." Hank Hill)
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To: RepoGirl

No offense to your daughter, and I probably turned out more like Beezus than Ramona in the end, but at the time, Beezus annoyed the living h*ll out of me.


16 posted on 04/12/2006 9:40:38 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Hey, Washington, which laws do I get to break?)
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To: Borges

Oh man, does this bring back memories. I think I read everything she wrote.

Otis Spofford

Absolutely THE funniest kids book ever written.


17 posted on 04/12/2006 9:45:11 AM PDT by kidd
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To: MississippiDeltaDawg

I loved how every time she looked at the other girl's springy curls, she thought "boing."


18 posted on 04/12/2006 9:47:29 AM PDT by Muzzle_em (taglines are for sissies)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Oh, I KNOW! Beezus was as absolute jerk--but I still loved the name! ;-)


19 posted on 04/12/2006 9:54:32 AM PDT by RepoGirl ("That boy just ain't right..." Hank Hill)
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To: qam1

Oh, thanks for the ping!! Just about a month or so ago I did a walking tour in town through Beverly Cleary's neighborhood. (Portland, Oregon)

It was SO cool to see the houses she lived in a different ages, learn the things that took place in her childhood that inspired the characters and events in her books. I saw the library she used to frequent, on and on. Made it so real.....

But I didn't know she was still alive, either! What a great, great author. Now my kids are enjoying her works.

Happy Birthday Beverly!!!


20 posted on 04/12/2006 10:42:41 AM PDT by momfirst
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To: momfirst
Just about a month or so ago I did a walking tour in town through Beverly Cleary's neighborhood. (Portland, Oregon)

That is such a good idea. I need to get my 8 year old started on her books- and then we can take a day trip down there to check it out. I loved her books when I was younger!

21 posted on 04/12/2006 10:49:54 AM PDT by conservative cat
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To: Borges

Happy 97th to her!


22 posted on 04/12/2013 7:58:11 AM PDT by Borges
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