July 8, 2010

Reading Together: Beezus and Ramona

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The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary was one of my favorites growing up. I took out every book I could out of the library. I always identified with Ramona which now I think is strange because I should have had more sympathy for Beezus, being an older sister myself.

I just happened to pick up Beezus and Ramona at a yard sale a while ago. Now that my daughter is past the picture book stage and the movie Ramona and Beezus is coming out, I thought it was a good time to introduce her to Ramona.

Beezus and Ramona is told from ten year old Beezus's point of view. Beezus often feels resentful of the attention Ramona gets- not always good attention either. The sisters have differing personalities: Beezus is quiet and obedient, Ramona is loud and wild. Ramona is often in trouble, writing in library books and inviting a bunch of kids to her house for a "party" without permission. All this leads up to Beezus's birthday where Beezus realizes that she just doesn't like Ramona all that much and she feels guilty over it.

My girl enjoyed Beezus and Ramona very much. She's at an age where she realizes that the things Ramona does are not good things. There were a lot of hands-over-eyes "oh no, oh no" moments for her. I mean, really, who wouldn't do that over writing in library books. Shocking! But mostly she laughed and felt sorry for Beezus who just wanted to have a civilized birthday. Poor Beezus.

This is a great book for any child but especially for ones with siblings (even though my girl has none). It's nice for them to know that they don't always have to like their siblings and that's okay.

So Ramona and Beezus is in theatres July 23. We'll see it I'm sure even though I'm not a huge Selena Gomez fan. I will suspend any opinions on that until I see it.


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9 comments :

  1. Oh, how I loved Ramona - I'm glad to see another generation enjoying her.

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  2. Loooved these books! My teacher read most of them aloud to us in school, and I was completely in love with them.

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  3. Ooooooohhhh, I looooved these books! Do you remember the television show they made of these books, with Sarah Polley as Ramona?

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  4. I wish that I had someone to share the great reads of my childhood with!

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  5. Court- How did I miss that? No, I never saw it. I'm sad about that.

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  6. I didn't read a lot of Ramona growing up, but you sure must be glad that your daughter doesn't identify with her.

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  7. My daughter is nuts about these books. She's SO excited that it's coming to theatres.

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  8. Wow! What a blast from the past...I loved these growing up :-) Didn't know they were making a movie!

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  9. My son didn't get into Ramona so much but he's smitten with The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Really enjoying reading these as an adult with him.

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