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Ramona the Brave (Ramona Quimby Book 3) by [Cleary, Beverly]
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Length: 202 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Teenagers think they've got it rough. Try being a misunderstood 6-year-old! Ramona Quimby is bound and determined to be brave as she weathers first grade, her mom's return to work, and sleeping in the spooky dark all alone. But nothing seems to go her way this year. From a fierce dog on the sidewalk to a copycat in her classroom, Ramona has her hands full.

Beverly Cleary has a real knack for the subtle emotional complexities of young children. Never condescending, she sees children as real people with real feelings. For this, and for her hilarious tales of an imaginative and "spunky gal," Cleary's countless fans adore her. Winner of many awards, including the Newbery Medal, Cleary has written over two dozen books for young people. Two titles in her beloved Ramona series, Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8, were named Newbery Honor Books. Alan Tiegreen's witty and lively line drawings have graced many of Cleary's books over the decades, capturing the exuberant spirit of one of literature's favorite heroines. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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"One of the funniest little sisters in fiction." --The New York Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 5487 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016P2F9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Kid's Review on October 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ramona the Brave is six years old, just like me. She has brown hair like me, wears dresses like me and is in the first grade like me.

Ramona lives in a house with her big sister (Beezus), her Dad, her Mom, and Picky-Picky (her cat). Ramona is starting first grade. The first days are bad for her. She doesn't like first grade at all. It turns out better than she expected, though!

I liked it when the doggy chased her and she figured out how to get him to stop with her shoe.

Ramona is brave, spunky and a good artist. I was disappointed when the book ended. I wanted to read more about her. I'm glad there are more Ramona books I can read!
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Format: Library Binding
This might be the best of the Ramona and Beezus books, because it captures the mindset of a six year old so perfectly. Ramona is a girl who tries to be good, but sometimes can't stop herself from being bad. She is interested in things like her own special version of the letter Q, which she dolls up to look like a kitty, or making a paper slipper during recess.

While the Quimby girls remain blissfully oblivious of some of the weightier problems that real life children might have to face at home, Ramona is an interesting realistic character who children will feel a kinship with. Her tribulations at school with classmates are particularly relevant.

At 124 pages, the book is longer than most books targeted to this audience, but it will be a good challenge, and the chapters remain short and simple. If you're thinking of introducing a young reader to this prolific and popular author, this might be the best place to start.
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Format: Paperback
Guts! Guts! Guts! Guts!
This is easily one of the best Ramona books. It is time for Ramona to start First Grade. Prior to her start she and her sister Beezus, play in the neighborhood park and the bad boys make fun of Beezus's name in a profane way. Then when Ramona starts school all kinds of things don't go her way. Her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs seems not to like her, because she never lets Ramona take attendance or lead the pledge of allegiance. Then she gives another student a passing grade for plagiarizing Ramona's art project. After Ramona destroys the classmates plagiarism, she has to apologize for show and tell. But my favorite part was when Ramona's family laughed at her for saying the word "guts."
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Format: Paperback
This is my little girl. I read this with tears in my eyes because I could suddenly see her world.

It is simple, a quick read and completely free of psychobabble but after reading stacks of books on parenting and birth order issues, I finally got it!

I recommend this highly for parents of bright, elementary level children.

My kids liked it, too.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have been reading the Ramona series with my seven year old twins. We are also listening to the Henry Huggins series in the car, so 2016 is officially our Beverly Cleary summer.

Ramona the Brave takes place almost a year after the events in Ramona the Pest. Ramona is now a first grader. She is proud that she is no longer a “kindergarten baby”, but she must get used to a new classroom and a new routine. The book begins with Ramona standing up to boys on the playground who are teasing her big sister about her nickname (Beezus). Towards the end of the book, Ramona has an encounter with a big dog- can she still be brave?

This book may have been written over forty years ago, but it is still relevant to a modern American childhood. There are still classroom struggles, and copycats are still frowned upon. I remember many vignettes from the Ramona series, but the owl scrunching incident stands out among all the memories. Ramona decides to give her paper bag owl glasses to make him appear wise, and her classmate Susan copies her idea. When the teacher comes around, she praises Susan’s creativity. Ramona hides her owl, lest she appear to be the copycat. Later, in a fit of a pique, Ramona scrunches up Susan’s owl. Cleary captures the indignation of having one’s creativity copied, and when Ramona is punished for scrunching the owl, it serves as a reminder to maintain composure and that life is often unfair.

I would recommend Ramona the Brave. We have been enjoying the entire series, and I would suggest starting at the beginning- either with Beezus and Ramona or perhaps Ramona the Pest. These books will appeal to middle grade readers, but younger children might enjoy having them read out loud.
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Format: Paperback
After getting such a big kick out of "Ramona the Pest" which launched my pursuit of every Ramona book in the series, I figured "Ramona the Brave" takes place the following year, after she's grown up a little past the stage of wanting to be the baddest witch in the world and the fascination with classmate Susan's boing-boing curls. Now she's in a class with Susan in the first grade in which skirmishes continue, this time over an art project that Susan nonchalantly copied. To add insult to injury the student's work is praised over Ramona's original work. So Ramona, who is too hacked off to think straight, destroys her own art project, and then Susan's variation. Ramona is emotionally expressive (like I always was-so this can explain why I related to her so well) and she gets frustrated at her playmate Howie Kemp's resolute calmness and that of her teacher as well.
The usual sibling rivalry issues surface well too, as Ramona and her sister Beezus share a room, but since a new bedroom is going to be added on to the house Ramona is very excited and it makes for a good story, but she puts her spin on it, and the class has a laugh, and her friend Howie calmly gives a more truthful rundown of the room extension, which drives Ramona crazy, but that does not spoil her excitement over her very own new room; however, she gets the alone at night willies...which may be how the book's theme overall led to the title "..the brave". Ramona learns that it's time to get past her fears; whether that of a scary-looking gorilla in a picture book, strange dogs in unfamiliar neighborhoods, and having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the class; of course, the one time she is finally called on to do so after waiting so long, wouldn't you know?
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