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Beverly Cleary
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Ellen Tebbits (Ellen & Otis #1)

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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

Published (first published 1951)
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Mandi Stein Ellen Tebbits is focused on the title character's experiences with a new school, friend, and rotten Otis's hassling her. It less of a "neighborhood
Ellen Tebbits is focused on the title character's experiences with a new school, friend, and rotten Otis's hassling her. It less of a "neighborhood
gang" ambiance, but describes her emotions, reactions, so realistically that I recognize them vividly from my own little girl self. It seems this is part of it's appeal among the many characters appearing in other Bev Cleary books.(less)
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Wendy Darling
Beverly Cleary turns 100 this year! <3 We read ELLEN TEBBITS to celebrate.

Discussion on Monday 4/11/16 if you'd like to join us:
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Ellen Tebbits is the antithesis of Ramona Quimby at the same age. She and her nemesis, Otis Spofford (where did Cleary get these names?) attend a different school in the same town, but their lives couldn't be more different. The Quimbys and the Hugginses are clearly working-class folks who live on an economic knife's edge, while Ellen lives in a big old house full of nice things, with a perfectionist mom who cares more about her "nice clean floor" than about teaching her daughter cooking skills. ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary-school aged kids
Shelves: children
I have clear memories of reading this book as a child! But interestingly, reading it as an adult, it mostly just struck me as old-fashioned. Even though it's set in about the same time period as the Ramona and Henry Huggins books, it just seemed out of date, while the Ramona and Henry Huggins series seem timeless.

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
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
This was one of my favorite books when I was in the third grade.
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May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight to revisit this! The woolen underwear, the independence of children to walk to each other's houses, and of course, the polite respect for parents and teachers. Most of the experience is in the classroom or dance class. Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday can be celebrated by listening to this. Andrea Martin delivers just the right emphasis; a charming experience.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beverly Cleary is well-known for writing humorous and touching realistic chapter books. Her realistic and sympathetic characters have been indelibly written on many hearts. One of my favorite character creations of hers is Ellen Tebbits, an eight-year-old girl whose life is brightened by her friendship with newcomer Austine. The book Ellen Tebbits forever shaped my life.

Partly because of Ellen, during much of my childhood, I wanted a best friend. I identified with Ellen, who does not have any br
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read for April read-along with Kindred Spirits
Originally posted at Log Cabin Library
I read Ellen Tebbits over and over, until the edges of the book were so dog eared and the cover started to come off the spine. I really identified with Ellen growing up, especially her desire to have a best friend that she could share all of her secrets with. Being an Army brat and middle child, I grew up pretty lonely most of the time. Sure there were plenty of kids around, I even had my two sisters, but just as you get to know someone, we had to move again
This book was written about 20 years earlier than most of the Ramona books, and it shows. Ellen's mother makes all her clothes for her and worries about her clean floor. (I'm not even sure I *have* a clean floor - or, some days, a floor at all!) The girls wear only dresses to school (and most everyplace else). Otis has a full cowboy outfit (with spurs) and we're told that MOST of the children in the school have a cowboy hat, or even a neckerchief. (When's the last time you saw that sort of cowbo ...more
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Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-lucy
In something that is a mystery to me, Lu (age 5) is really not that interested in having chapter books read to her ... with the exception of Beverly Cleary. And I think we all know that it's not as if I don't have a pretty deep list of books I already own that should have a similar appeal to the Clearys, but she is a discerning audience. The list of chapter books she has rejected reads like a who's who of children's literature across the ages. And she was immediately hooked by Ellen, despite hav ...more
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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.

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Ellen & Otis (2 books)
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