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Old 04-01-2020, 06:35 PM
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Her birthday is the 12th of this month. She wrote so many great books for children. My favorite when I taught fourth grade was Dear Mr. Henshaw.My students enjoyed this title as well. Then when I moved to third grade as a teacher I fell in love with Muggie Maggie and used that one in my classroom.

Which of her books do you like most?

Happy Birthday Mrs. Cleary!


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Old 04-01-2020, 06:48 PM
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Wow!
My favorites are her "malt shop" books, the ones for teen girls. Fifteen, Jean and Johnny, Sister of the Bride, The Luckiest Girl. I have them on my kindle and re-read every so often when I need a comfort read.
I also really love her 2 volumes of memoirs.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:51 PM
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I LOVED the Ramona books when I was a little girl in elementary school!

I also remember my first grade teacher reading Henry Huggins out loud to us each day at the end of the day!
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:52 PM
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I especially love Dear Mr. Henshaw, Ribsy, and Fifteen. Really, all her books are great and wear well, even in changing times.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:16 PM
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That's exactly it, Ruby tunes. Even though her books may seem a bit retro, they aren't really dated. They are still fresh and fun to read. They truly are classics.


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Old 04-01-2020, 07:24 PM
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I was always an above-grade level reader but I didn't fall in love with reading until the third grade when I discovered Ramona Quimby. Back then, a paperback book was $3.75. I'd save my allowance to get a new Ramona book and I'd read it over and over. Ramona and her Father was my favorite. Dear Mr. Henshaw is a very good book, too. An excerpt was part of the anthology for fourth grade and I enjoyed teaching it every year.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:57 PM
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I actually met Beverly Cleary near her 100th birthday, and she told me she had great respect and admiration for teachers.

The Henry and Ribsy books were my favorite.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:35 PM
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That is so cool! Are you able to give any details about your meeting? I understand if you can't for privacy/confidentiality reasons!
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:54 PM
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I loved reading her books to my third graders. Otis and Henry were favorites!
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Old 04-01-2020, 09:10 PM
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I loved the books for teen girls the most.


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Old 04-01-2020, 10:38 PM
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I loved these and this is the only series of children's books that I read the most of. There were so many good ones, it's hard for me to say decades later.
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Old 04-01-2020, 11:16 PM
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I loved the Ramona books. I didnít hear about Junnie B. Jones until I started teaching and felt they were copying the Ramona books. I enjoyed Rigsby also.
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Old 04-02-2020, 03:40 AM
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Growing up, I loved the Ramona books. The characters all seemed so realistic. I started teaching third grade in the 1980's and used Muggie Maggie as a read aloud for introducing cursive. In my later years of teaching 2nd grade, Junie B Jones was a major hit for reluctant rreaders. I'm sure there are many other books that I read or read aloud, but these were my favorites. What an amazing writer!
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Old 04-02-2020, 05:53 AM
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Wow! She has always been one of my favorite children's authors. While in elementary school in the 60s, I read all the Henry Huggins books. When Ribsy first came out, there was a great deal of excitement when everyone in our class wanted to read it.

Years later, I read these books to my own kids. Otis Spofford (a great book, and ahead of its time) and Ellen Tebbits became favorites. My sons enjoyed the books about Ralph S. Mouse. If I recall the details correctly, Cleary's son wasn't much of a reader. He was fascinated by motorcycles, and she wrote these books for him.

Some funny Ramona memories: The time (forget which book) that Beezus and Henry keep her quiet by telling her a bag of potato chips is PTA. Nobody can forget her doll, Chevrolet. Nothing, though, tops the story in Ramona the Pest about singing the "dawnzer lee light" song . . . and later telling her parents to turn on the dawnzer!
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Old 04-02-2020, 07:31 AM
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I loved the Mouse and the Motorcycle and Runaway Ralph. I taught fifth grade and enjoyed teaching both of these titles.
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Old 04-02-2020, 10:25 AM
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Beverly Cleary's books were a favorite of mine as a child When I first began teaching I attending a reading conference and Beverly Cleary was there signing her memoir "A Girl From Yamhill." She was very kind and gracious to every teacher wanting her autograph. I highly recommend her memoir.
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Old 04-02-2020, 01:07 PM
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Loved Ramona. When my Dd went to Portland to live we went to find the Beverly Cleary Park. It wasnít in the best shape☹️
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Old 04-02-2020, 01:34 PM
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I love them too. I have them all. I also love the Ramona books and the Henry Huggins books.
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Old 04-02-2020, 01:36 PM
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My class just finished reading Dear Mr Henshaw. I love the discussions that it promotes. They are now all writing letters to their favorite authors. I worked to find as many home addresses as possible since publishing offices wonít be open.
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Old 04-03-2020, 09:31 PM
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I ♥️♥️♥️ Ramona! I was trying to figure out how to set my class up on Epic today, but I got distracted and ended up reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 all the way through. (Side note: You can read Ramona Quimby, Age 8 for free on Epic!)

When I first moved to Portland, I was riding a bus that passed Klickitat Street. That was a big moment.
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