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The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set] Paperback – March 19, 2013
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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.
Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.
Top Customer Reviews
I find myself giggling when I recognize things from the era that it was written (my childhood!) like putting plastic bread bags over your shoes and then stuffing them into rubber boots! I highly recommend this collection of books. The word wholesome comes to mind.
They have been a great hit. My daughter loves the antics of kindergartener Ramona Quimby as she goes through one adventure after another. This boxed set proved to be value for money, with four books in the collection. The boxed set contains Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, and Ramona and Her Father. The stories are well-plotted, and unlike the Junie B. Jones series, Ramona is not quite as bratty or rude as Junie B. The language is well-written, and is actually enough of a challenge for young readers venturing into chapter books. The chapters are much longer than both the Junie B. series and Ivy and Bean series, so patience is a necessity. Though there are illustrations, they are few and far between, so that is something to take note of, especially if your young reader is a visual learner and needs to see lots of pictures. Other than that, this is an excellent chapter book series for young, independent readers.
So, when I heard about the Ramona movie coming out, I decided it was high time to revisit some of these books, which were favorites of mine from grades 2-5. Not only was I surprised at how much of these books I remembered, I was also very pleased with Cleary's writing and the universality of the situations in these books. In many ways, they serve as a window into how kids deal with things from the perils of having a younger sibling to take care of to parental unemployment. The great thing about these books is that the messages are never heavy-handed. Cleary lets them unfold naturally through the characters, in particular Ramona Quimby and her sister Beezus (in this set, anyway).
Some people may feel it's a waste of time to look backward at what made us who we are. I can't think of anything better to ground myself. And even more so, I'm incredibly pleased to find what good taste I had as a child. Highly recommended for those of us looking back and those looking to introduce their grade schoolers to reading.
I'm glad I took the time. If you haven't read these since grade school, you should, too.
These books are the best books there is. It's great for children who will enjoy the simplicity in the narration and the stories and the adventures. It's also great for adults. I found this book in here at Amazon.com., and I'm glad I did. I haven't read these books when I was young but I'm happy I found them now.
After reading them, I found myself thinking back to my childhood and it also helped me remember a few things like how I used to think when I was in that age. lol! Beverly Cleary wrote these books so well it's as if she wrote as she grew along with Ramona.
I also love the new illustrations by Tracy Dockray because it shows an updated look on today's kids which they can identify and it looks so much better.
I totally recommend the volume 1 and 2 of Ramona by Beverly Cleary. :D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We got these for our 6 year old daughter because my husband and I loved reading them when we were little. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Misty Bindl
How can you not love Ramona?! I bought these to read to my two little girls, ages 3 and 6, and they are enjoying them so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth W