Ramona is one of the most endearing, and real, child characters in juvenile literature. The situations she finds herself in, from bravely taking the school bus for the first time to getting sick in front of her entire 3rd grade class, are experiences many children have had. And, Cleary explains these situations in a voice that sounds like that of a 3rd grader, with a touch of humor thrown in. Further, the variety of emotions, concerns and fears Ramona expresses show the reader that feeling happy, sad, scared or angry are normal emotions that all children have, and young readers can relate to. I would recommend this story, and the other books in the Ramona series, to any child who likes to read about real children living through real life experiences.