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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
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Sep 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

Genre: Contemporary Realism

With the all the new changes in the Quimby family, quirky Ramona is just trying to get by as best as she can to help out her family. She constantly worries about the problems faced by her parents, so it is her job to do well in school like her big sister, Beezus, and behave for her after school babysitter, Mrs. Kemp. However certain things like her new teacher, Mrs. Whaley, and Mrs. Kemp’s granddaughter, Willa Jean, are preventing her from doing so. She is trying her best, but will her best be enough to keep her family afloat?

a.) A major strength of this book is the author’s simplistic, yet imaginative writing style (Horning, p. 39)
b.) Cleary does a great job of taking on the daunting task of jumping back into a child’s shoes to create the rambunctious and loveable character, Ramona Quimby. The way Ramona talks, thinks, and acts are synonymous with any eight years old, especially those children who walk to their own beat of the drum. It is so realistic and written so well it allows the adult readers to reminisce on the days of when they were in the third grade.
c.) There are several examples of this throughout the book. One of them explains the weekly food fad for lunch. Hard-boiled eggs were the current fad, and the big part of this is the way you opened the egg. Ramona cracks in on her head, but quickly finds out that her mother gave her an uncooked egg instead and is left with sticky yoke dripping all over her head and face. Another example is when Ramona doesn’t want to tell her teacher, Mrs. Whaley, that she isn’t feeling well and ends up throwing up in the classroom. Both situations are not Ramona’s fault, but she can’t help but feel to blame and super embarrassed.

Curriculum Connection: Considering the book is about a young girl in the third grade, this book could be used to focus on characters and character development. A possible activity that students could do is comparing/contrasting themselves to Ramona is a Venn diagram.
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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue Funny examples and so true to kids even today - this is a series that endures. I like the Venn Diagram idea.

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