Ellen Tebbits (Ellen & Otis #1)
Ellen was eight years old and wore bands on her teeth. Her best friend had just moved away and she missed her. Still, as she walked to the Spofford School of the Dance one Saturday, she was almost glad she had no best friend. Best friends do not have secrets from each other, and Ellen had a secret she did not want to share with anyone. But by the time the dancing lesson wa...more
Many of the anecdotes take place within classrooms, and I was so surprised to find myself feeling that the classroom dynamics were inappropriate, even though they reminded me of just w...more
Ellen meets Austine, a new girl from California, at ballet class one day. The two girls become the best of friends right away; they were inseparable. A quarrel breaks out between Ellen and Austine one day at school, and they stop being friends. But, to their dismay, the fight was just a misunderstanding and they become friends once again....more
The kids and I had so much fun reading this together. We laughed, we groaned at the antics of Otis Spofford, we sat on the edge of our seats wondering if Ellen and Austine would make up and be best friends again. Best of all my kids learned the chant "I see London, I see France..." and have been having a grand time with it.
The characters are so real in this story you'd think they'd exist in real life. Ellen was always my favorite character, I loved how funny she was without trying to be! And Otis? He was... sooo annoying. He's like a typical annoying boy in school who THINKS he's being funny. But I liked him for that reason! 8P
The most memorable scene for me was the dance pr...more
Continuing my reading of Beverly Cleary's books as research on the 1950s, I read her second novel for middle-grade readers. Ellen Tebbits is a third grader with two main problems in life. She needs a best friend and she wants her teacher to like her so she can get picked to clap the erasers. Interesting to me because those were my main problems in third grade. She also has an over-protective mother who is a neat freak.
The story opens with a chapter about ballet class. Ellen has been made to wear...more
Ellen Tebbits is an average girl living an average life in an average town. She's in third grade as the book starts, missing her best friend, who's just moved away. She bonds with Austine, the new girl, over their despised union suits (which my adolescent mind always translated as "onion" suits, which just doesn't make any sense) that...more
This is one of those books I probably should have read yea...more
Just finished reading this with a 4th grader in a reading volunteer program, and I was delighted to see that my reading buddy loves Ellen and Austine as much as I do. Cleary makes it so easy to identify with Ellen: good, serious Ellen who wants to know if her teacher likes her, who wants a best friend, and WHO SLAPS HER BEST FRIEND. I love books that deal with guilt (hmmm, wonder why?), and this one covers guilt and just how...more
The children are so very real. Ellen wants a best friend, she wants her teacher to like her, she wants to clap erasers. The details may date the book, but the over...more
I cringed along with poor Ellen through her mistakes and embarrassments. I wish I knew what "winter underwear" looked like, though. I might start having my kids wear it (and perhaps wear it myself...it's not even Nov...more
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At...more