Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ramona the pest by Beverly Cleary

Late this month each branch will celebrate Family Literacy Day with a reading marathon. Hopefully lots of you will participate by dropping by and listening for a few minutes. Please call your local branch if you are able to fill one of the reading slots. Check the website for information.

We are often asked in the library to recommend titles for families to read together. One book that has been a childhood favourite for many has been Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Pest. Everyone, regardless of age can relate to the challenges Ramona faces as she begins school. Ramona does not think she is a pest, she’s just has to be a bit noisier and more stubborn to get what she wants. We see the world through her perspective when her adored teacher tells her to “sit here for the present”, or when she has difficulty understanding what the “dawnzer lee light” is. And, those of us of a certain age will remember those girls with the “boing-boing” curls and applaud Ramona for pulling them.

Many parents read a chapter a night to their young listeners. The prose is written at a Grade 3 level, but younger children often read them independently as well. Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books are just some of the many that are ideal for sharing.

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