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Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
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Mar 19, 08

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Read in March, 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 and over again. Cleary was realistic but reassuring, and she captured Ramona's emotions with simple but resonant words. I made tin-can stilts just like Ramona's, but never made the longest picture in the world.
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