- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: Reillustrated Harper Trophy Edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001R8JGOK
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BEEZUS AND RAMONA BY BEVERLY CLEARY Paperback – 2006
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We've since been reading all the Ramona books, but we skipped this one for awhile. It's the first in the series, and takes place when Ramona is four years old. I knew from reviews that if focused more on Ramona's older, more serious sister, Beezus, and wasn't a "real" Ramona Quimby book. I somehow thought it would not be as funny as the others.
I was wrong. Ramona is even more exuberant in this book than in any of the others we've read, and her antics are hilarious. Seeing everything through the eyes of her serious sister does not make it one bit less funny.
But this is not just a funny book. It deals gently and honestly with the difficulty Beezus has in loving her sometimes exasperating little sister. Beezus and Ramona is more than forty years old, but I donÕt think anyone has ever come close to Beverly Cleary's ability to capture and sympathize with children's feelings. Cleary brings everything around to a happy, but entirely believable ending in this warm, wise book.
My daughter says this is her second favorite Ramona book (after Ramona the Pest), but so far it's my very favorite.
Beezus is the older sister, the responsible and smart one. Ramona is the precocious little sister, creative but messy, cute but needy. Beezus struggles with being nice and trying to entertain Ramona and trying to be firm with her at the same time. There are some great little stories in this book about Ramona's misadventures including her unwavering love for a certain picture book, her locking Henry Huggins' dog in the bathroom, and her deciding that she wants to throw a party for herself without asking her mother. Things finally come to a head at Beezus' birthday party. When attention-starved Ramona gets a little too obnoxious, she shamefully admits that she just doesn't love her little sister all the time.
Herein lies the lesson: Beezus' mother explains that Beezus is not expected to love Ramona all the time, that Ramona will do things that get on her nerves sometimes. But there will also be good times when the two will get along, work together, or share a laugh. And those are the moments that count in the sisterly bond. I have stuck to this mantra when trying to deal with my own two younger sisters so I don't go completely insane.
This is a great book for little girls who have sisters so that one may understand the other's point of view. It helps you take a great look at your own sibling relationships, or it will at least show you that your own younger sister is not NEARLY as bratty as Ramona. :)
Since this chapter book is character- and relationship-driven, the plot is minimal. However, the vignettes do develop the central theme of Beezus's struggle to feel love for her sister. Beezus--the quintessential conscientious bookish first-born child, concerned about doing things right--worries over her periodic anger and resentment toward Ramona--the classic misbehaving baby of the family who always seems to get her way and wreck things for her sister.
Throughout the book, Cleary subtly paints an alternative picture of sisterhood in the happy relationship between Beezus's mother and her sister Beatrice (the aunt after whom Beezus was named). Beezus adores her Aunt Beatrice--she's a young, pretty, jovial schoolteacher that drives a yellow convertible; what's not to love?
The book culminates with Beezus's 10th birthday dinner, which Aunt Beatrice attends. A dinner conversation between Mrs. Quimby and Aunt Beatrice, in which they recall (with laughter) the sibling rivalry of their youth, helps Beezus re-envision her relationship with the exasperating Ramona.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This version is great, as is the actual story by Judy Blume. Timeless!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a classic. All of this author's books are. While i find 3/4s of the book good, ( Ramona, a funny 4 yr old who gets into trouble and always is innocent till the end,)... Read morePublished 1 month ago by momke
Perfect for my 6-year-old daughter who is an advanced reader. She says: "it is really funny and imaginative!" On to book 2!Published 1 month ago by G. Graber
Beverly Cleary is an American treasure, whose timeless works have kept several generations of young readers loving books.Published 2 months ago by Robert Russell
Beezus and Ramona Quimby were first introduced in the "Henry Huggins" series, and this is the first book that focuses primarily on them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by just me
Great book for young children, especially those who have younger siblings. :) My 10 and 5 year old daughters found this story to be a delight. Read morePublished 5 months ago by April R. Martin