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Ramona and Her Father (Ramona Quimby #4)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,658 Ratings  ·  456 Reviews
Second grade is not turning out the way it should for Ramona Quimby. Her dad has lost his job, her mom has found a full-time job, and her big sister Beezus has "reached a difficult age." In her inimitable way, Ramona decides to take charge. She practices TV commercials in hopes of earning a million dollars, but only ends up insulting her teacher and getting into a prickly ...more
Unknown Binding, Braille edition, 109 pages
Published 1991 by Seedlings Braille Books for Children (first published 1975)
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Kevin Fink
Aug 10, 2008 Kevin Fink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 80s childhood nostalgics
Oh! I had hoped that this book would be as fun and lovely as I remembered. When I received it in my sweaty hands, I said, "Oh my. I remember this book as a lot thicker." But you know what? It was fun and lovely and nostalgic. I read it in one day, on two bus trips to work and back. Who can forget Nosmo King? And the crown of burrs? And Ramona wanting to be on television commercials so she can earn a million dollars and her father and family can be happy again? And the bittersweet Christmas endin ...more
Manybooks
While I generally very much enjoyed Ramona and her Father and think that Beverly Clearly has painted and portrayed not only an enjoyably humorous, but also realistic portrait of American childhood (not dwelling on the negatives, but at the same time also not shying away from issues, such as the trials and tribulations faced by the Quimby family when the father loses his job), I do tend to feel that the ending is a bit rushed and incomplete (to me, Clearly simply stopping the novel with Ramona's ...more
Susann
Jan 27, 2015 Susann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Having a sister who tried to act like the Virgin Mary was not easy for a girl who felt as Ramona did."
Reread for VSC.

03-15-2008
"Ramona made up her mind, right then and there in the middle of arithmetic, that she was going to save her father's life."

Ramona, c'est moi. I first read this in 1980, maybe 1981, and should have been awestruck that Cleary had put pen to paper and come up with me. How did she know my 7-year-old self so well? But no, I took Ramona for granted and just read this one over
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steph
"You know something?" said Mr. Quimby. "I don't care how much that kid or any other kid earns. I wouldn't trade you for a million dollars."
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Mr. Quimby continued his careful snipping. "I'll bet that boy's father wishes he had a little girl who finger-painted and wiped her hands on the cat when she was little and who once cut her own hair so she would be bald like her uncle and who then grew up to be seven years old and crowned herself with burs. Not every father is lucky enough to have a daught
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Arielle Walker
Came across my 2003 school reading log, so figured I should enter these books in too. In the words of my ten-year-old self, this book was: "Really good, pretty easy"
Melissa
Apr 10, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it now just as I did when I was a kid. It's so funny, truthful, warmhearted and wise about kids and families. A true classic of children's literature. Beverly Cleary is a great writer.
Lori
Mar 01, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember this book so well- partly because I went on a campaign to try to get my dad to stop smoking just as Ramona had after I read this book. My campaign was unfortunately, not as successful as Ramona's. Still, this remains one of my favorite books from childhood. I love the part in which Ramona tells her teacher that her pantyhose are wrinkled like an elephant's skin. So funny. Cleary has an uncanny ability to remember and describe children's feelings- without being condescending or phony. ...more
Dolly
May 16, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We started reading the series of books starring Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry and their friends a few years ago, but we never made too much progress. We intended to read more, but we always chose something else.

Our youngest was given the book Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby to read by her second grade teacher to practice her reading comprehension and I thought we'd give the series another try. We recently listened to Ramona and Her Mother

This book brings a sense of nostalgia to me, a reminder of
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Mary
Aug 04, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much. This is the book where Ramona really starts to get to know herself. I love the way her father's character is developed and the way Cleary relates the experience of being worried about money without beating the reader over the head with it.

I still have the copy of this book that I read as a kid and it was so wonderful to get back to the RIGHT illustrations. Ramona reminds me more of myself at that age when she looks like her plain, mousey little self. I swear I had that
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Sam
Dec 21, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Sam by: daddy because he put it in my book box
This book was excellent because Ramona and Beezus were in the school play together. The little kids weren't really allowed, but Ramona convinced her teacher, Ms. Russo, of a great idea. Ramona said that if you had shepherds in a school play, you will need sheep. She said that her mother had sewn lots of costumes and could make her costume.

Ramona convinced her father to stop smoking in this story. That's a good idea. She thought that her father's lungs were about to turn black.

Ramona stuck a crow
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ramona and Her Father (Ramona, #4) , Beverly Cleary 1916
عنوان: رامونا و پدرش؛ نویسنده: بورلی کلی یر؛ مترجم: نورا حق پرست؛ تصویرگر: آلن تی یگرین؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان، 1372، در 11 ص، مصور، شابک: ایکس - 964432367؛ ؛ گروه سنی : د؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی، قرن 20 م

Elizabeth K.
Mar 05, 2015 Elizabeth K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-new-reads
For VSC, paired with Ramona and Her Mother.

This one I remembered fairly clearly from reading it several times as a kid, although there were two things that surprised me on this read -- first, that it's really extremely short, and possibly related, as a kid, I had the impression that it was AGONY for the family, to have the father out of work, and then cranky from quitting smoking. I was amazed, now, that this isn't dwelled on in the way that it seems etched in my memory. I guess I was projecting
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Heather
I'm reading this to the girls and we're having a good time. They are FREAKING out that the dad smokes. It was published in 75, and I'm trying to explain that things were a bit different back when I was a kid.
Michelle
Mar 15, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Hmmm, I meant to read these Ramona books in order but I've apparently skipped two of them. Disappointing.**

I will never not love Ramona and the entire Quimby clan. Reading this as an adult made me appreciate it in a whole new way--mainly because we're dealing with: Ramona's unemployed father and how they all cope. That's pretty realistic and kind of heavy duty for a kids' book, you know?

I will also forever be amazed by Beverly Cleary. If you asked me to write a kids' book, I would struggle to
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Francesca
Apr 27, 2013 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
My children continue to be thrilled with Ramona, even though she's having to deal with some heavier issues as her father goes through an extended bout of unemployment.
Chelsey
Nov 23, 2014 Chelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
How do you rate an otherwise fine kid's book that casually mentions blackface as a fun and normal thing to do?

Ramona, towards the end of the book, is backstage at the church nativity play, and she runs into a trio of girls applying dark skin make-up to play the three wise men. I know it's a tiny part of the book. I know the book is old. But I can't help thinking, "If I hand this to a third grader today, will they be the one throwing a racist 'thug' party in ten years?" How would a child of color
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I grew up reading the Ramona books, and as a child strongly identified with her: she's not ladylike, she questions everything, she gets into trouble with the best of intentions. Also, she has string-straight brown hair, and prefers boy games to dolls and playing house. Her parents have real life problems: Dad loses his job, Mum has to give up the sixties lifestyle of earlier books and go to work to make ends meet. Things are tight, for months, as not only does Dad have to really look for work (i ...more
Ciara
Dec 05, 2008 Ciara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: portlanders, all children, people trying to quit smoking, the recently laid-off
this is probably my favorite ramona book, due to the fact that i was kid of a daddy's girl when i was a little kid. i had much more in common with my dad than my mom (both of us were obsessed with reading, for example--we had matching t-shirts that said, "so many books, so little time," & my dad had such an enormous personal library that he borrowed against it as collaterel when he bought a house). in this book, mr. quimby loses his job. things are tight for the quimby family, trying to get ...more
S.
Oct 27, 2013 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alice
there is darkness even within the lightest works, and light sparks here and there is the ultimate downer novels. WP says that Cleary was advised to write peppy and light and humorous, but scholarship on children's literature, as such exists, actually takes formal note of the 1977 "dark period" where light and peppy children's book writer Beverly Cleary first saw the intrusion of darker themes in what was up to then the all sunshine Ramona series. the incorrigible Ramona, of course, is the somewh ...more
Elaine
Oct 30, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I liked this one a lot, even more so than the others. As in all the others, the author really seems to understand the thought-process of a little girl, of whatever age she's in for the book. I liked that this book dealt with some serious issues for her family, and that Ramona had such concern about her father's smoking, and that she made such a sincere effort to get him to stop. It reminded me that kids do think deeply, and adults do need take them seriously and learn from them sometimes. It's w ...more
Julia Winknler
Jan 31, 2008 Julia Winknler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second grade is not turning out the way it should for Ramona Quimby. Her dad has lost his job, her mom has found a full-time job, and her big sister Beezus has "reached a difficult age." In her inimitable way, Ramona decides to take charge. She practices TV commercials in hopes of earning a million dollars, but only ends up insulting her teacher and getting into a prickly mess with some burrs. Then she embarks on a campaign to make her father stop smoking. Mr. Quimby manages to hold up under all ...more
Bookmaniac70
Nov 07, 2014 Bookmaniac70 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
През един топъл септемврийски следобед Рамона се занимава с коледния списък на подаръците, които иска да получи. Двете със сестра й с нетърпение очакват родителите им да ги заведат на вечеря в любимото им заведение. Баща им, обаче, се връща с лоша новина у дома – уволнен е от работа. Сега не само вечерята навън, но и целият живот на семейството ще се промени.

Мила и забавна книжка, която много добре описва неловкостите на порастването.
Rebecca
Apr 12, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book--and am writing this review--on Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday!

This is the first book in the series I have awarded five stars. Ramona and Her Father is more nuanced, more finely-tuned than the previous three books. Ramona finds herself "the only happy member of her family" as her father deals with unemployment and nicotine withdrawals, her mother shoulders the burden of providing for the entire family, and Beezus dreads her creative writing assignments at school. With all th
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Tressa
Jan 15, 2013 Tressa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Beverly Cleary's Ramona series is not just set around Ramona, but how Ramona reacts to members of her small family and how the books highlight Ramona's bittersweet relationship with them all.

I'm currently listening to Ramona and Her Mother with my son, but we really enjoyed Ramona and Her Father. Cleary was not afraid, even back in the seventies when most of these books were written, of tackling non-kid friendly subjects such as unemployment, pregnancy, depression, and smoking. In th
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ABC
Mar 14, 2013 ABC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Beverly Cleary is definitely into deeper subject matter in this book with issues like joblessness and smoking. It is an old book, but still relevant today! My son wanted to know why the dad just did not find a new job......so it was a teaching experience.

I thought it was interesting that the widow Mrs. Swink said that she like "The Red Fairy Book" and "The Blue Fairy Book" when she was a kid. I have been meaning to read those books, so it was a good excuse to download them (for free
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Amanda Nuchols
Apr 14, 2013 Amanda Nuchols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arguably the best of the Ramona series, this installation follows 7-year-old Ramona Quimby into the first half of her year in 2nd grade and the family's trials and tribulations when their father loses his job and quits smoking. A touching and heartfelt account of love and challenge from the perspective of a precocious 7-year-old, Ramona speaks with a childlike wisdom born of love. Even if you don't buy or read all of the other Ramona books, this one is a must have for every child's library. It i ...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Ramona and Howie make coffee-can stilts.

Clank, clank. Clank, clank. Ramona found deep satisfaction in making so much noise, and so did Howie. Mrs. Swink, turning into her driveway in her dignified old sedan, smiled and waved. In a moment of daring, Ramona yelled "Pieface!" at her.

"Pieface yourself!" Mrs. Swink called back, understanding Ramona's joke.

Howie did not approve. "You aren't supposed to call grown-ups pieface," he said. "Just kids."

"I can call Mrs. Swink pieface," boasted Ramona. "I ca
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Lars Guthrie
Jun 21, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite what I hope is an anachronistic issue for most kids today--getting your father to quit smoking--another great Beverly Cleary Ramona book. The book is contemporary (or timeless) as far as another issue--the way kids are aware of family tensions, in this case caused by financial difficulties when Ramona's father loses his job. When Ramona seems upset about a ruined Halloween pumpkin, her parents miss what is really happening: 'Didn't grown-ups think children worried about anything but jack ...more
Katy
Aug 01, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though the popularity of Beverly Cleary's books has waxed and waned over the years, there is no doubt that she knows how to write for kids. I remember loving the Ramona books and read them over and over until I outgrew them. Some I enjoyed more than others, and I did like this one.

Upon reading it again as an adult, most of that charm is still there. Ramona is fun, believable, creative, and relatable. The thing I was most drawn to as a kid is what I still enjoy today: the specific sensory detail
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Emily Wright
Personal Reaction - This book was a very fun read. I enjoyed the very real life characters and when I was a child, I could relate to this book on many levels. It was a great story that could help a lot of children out, especially in today's world.

Purpose - I feel like this book would be great for independent reading. It would be great for third or fourth graders that are really getting into transitional reading and chapter books. The vocabulary is mind stretching but doesn't make it so hard that
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At
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Other Books in the Series

Ramona Quimby (9 books)
  • Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)
  • Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)
  • Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
  • Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona, #5)
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6)
  • Ramona Forever (Ramona Quimby #7)
  • Ramona's World (Ramona, #8)
  • The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

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“most beautiful, magic time of the whole year. Her parents loved her, and she loved them,” 2 likes
“Say, who is this Mr. King?” “What Mr. King?” asked Ramona, walking into his trap. “Nosmo King,” 1 likes
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