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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.
This is a good family story this girl really does have a wild imagination more than the average child !!!Published 2 months ago by Sonya
Its an all time classic. My daughter loves when I read this to her. A must add to any kids library.Published 7 months ago by ROBERT M.
This one in not as well known as the Ramona series but is just as imaginative and fun to read.Published 11 months ago by Katherine A. Fuller
I read this book when I was little, so I wanted to share it with my daughter. We really enjoyed reading it together.Published 18 months ago by James Henderson
We are big Beverly Cleary fans at our house. However, this one was not a favorite of ours. Ramona and her friends are sooooo funny and relatable. Emily is a lot slower paced. Read morePublished 19 months ago by nik
well l believe that all Beverly clearly books are amazing although advanced and some sentences too big. But this one was one of my favorite along with Roman Q. & Henry . HPublished 23 months ago by Hannah Smith
it is a book it was for my kids dont know any thing about it i just need five wordsPublished on July 20, 2012 by mike Fair
Another author who writes about rural community adventures in her book, "Sweet Dreams" of a child - short bedtime stories, loved your heart-warming story about life in Pitchfork,... Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Laura Dobbins