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Ramona and Her Mother

Ramona and Her Mother

by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen

Beverly Cleary has given books to each member of the Quimby household except Mrs. Quimby. Now she gets her turn at last in a story that hits the high and low points of a working mother's life as seen from Ramona's seven-and-a-half-year-old viewpoint.

Inevitably domestic tensions, not without their amusing side, occasionally arise. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby sometimes forget who is to do what, as when the Crock-Pot is not plugged in and dinner remains uncooked. Older sister Beezus acquires a ludicrous teased hairdo at the student body shop while Ramona gets a becoming pixie haircut. Ramona, who feels unloved, takes to twitching her nose like a rabbit in a cozy picture book until her teacher becomes concerned that something is making her nervous.

Yet Ramona is wrong. She is loved, and readers will rejoice with her when she discovers the wonderful truth. Few writers today are as skilled as Mrs. Cleary at showing families in the round, and here she is at the peak of her powers.

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
4.1
Lexile Measure
860L
DRA
34
Guided Reading
O
Number of Pages
198
Genre
Classics, Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Beverly Cleary Children’s author Beverly Cleary is the creator of the infamous Ramona Quimby. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, in her early thirties.
Alan Tiegreen

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