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Emily's Runaway Imagination Paperback – December 30, 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Great way to remind children to get outside and play or read instead of sitting in front of the television. How did we survive with out video games? The computer? Wonderful to read aloud for quality time.
Beverly Cleary was my favorite author as a child. Now as a teacher and parent, I get to share her books with a new generation.
The title might be just a little misleading. I had expected something a little less ... down to earth. Could be just because I tend to read a lot of SF and Fantasy.
Despite Emily's having lived a century ago, readers throughout the decades are sure to relate to Emily's adventures.
"Emily's Runaway Imagination"
Written by Beverly Cleary
(Harper Collins, 1961)
Children's author Beverly Cleary gives Louisa May Alcott a run for her money with this brisk, delightful book of autobiographical fiction based on her childhood memories of growing up in rural Oregon in the early 1920s. These stories are some of Cleary's finest writing, and are echoed in her more strictly autobiographical memoir, "A Girl From Yamhill," although these versions are more tightly crafted and lighthearted, indeed they are a delight. Cleary deftly paints a picture of bucolic rural life, where conditions that modern readers might consider harsh are borne with grace and good nature. Each chapter is a self-contained story, fitting into a larger narrative. The connecting thread of this volume is how Cleary's mother helped create a local library for their small farming town, as well as "Emily's" emerging awareness of her role in the wider, adult world. Along the way we are treated to Cleary's recollections of life before television or radio, of a small town bounded by alfalfa fields, party line telephones and good-natured local gossip, and of her earliest memories of riding in a rattly, thrilling Model T Ford.
Fans of the better-known Henry Huggins and Ramona The Pest books should love this as well, as will readers who enjoy gaining an intimate, authentic window into the world of the past. Highly recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what I needed! My son is learning about realistic fiction and about the depression and this is a great book to help with both!Published 5 months ago by In Mom's Opinion...
My daughter likes this book however, I think this book is too expensive for a paper back book.Published 7 months ago by T. Phifer
Awonderful addition to any child's library. I'm so pleased at the price and quality of this touching story book. I would most certainly purchase this again. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookgirl
It was awesome it was cute at the end :)
I want to read it again so bad.
I recommend this book to others.
This book is rated four stars because I like the artists creativity about how a little girl wants a library and goes through a lot of exciting things to do itPublished 18 months ago by Denyse
This is a good family story this girl really does have a wild imagination more than the average child !!!Published 22 months ago by Sonya