The summer before first grade sure isn't an easy one for Ramona. There are a lot of changes going on at the Quimby house and Ramona's not sure she likes them one bit. She has a new bedroom that terrifies her, and she's positive that something is hiding under her bed. And to make matters worse, her mother gets a job to help pay for the new bedroom. Ramona sure misses her and the cookies she used to bake. School finally starts and Ramona realizes that the first grade is not for cowards.
"One of the funniest little sisters in fiction." --The New York Times
Beverly Cleary has written more than 30 award-winning books about the kinds of things real children think about and run into every day--stories that say something important with humor and sympathy.
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Studio: Listening Library
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.06" Width: 4.42" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Mar 31, 2000
Publisher Listening Library
ISBN 0807274186 ISBN13 9780807274187
Availability 0 units.
More About Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.
Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.
Beverly Cleary currently resides in Carmel, in the state of California. Beverly Cleary was born in 1916.
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Two thumbs up for 'Ramona the Brave'! Feb 22, 2008
If there's one thing no one wants to be called, it's a baby. Especially when you're about to make the transition from being a lowly kindergartener to a high and mighty first grader. It's at this time that you want to spread your wings and prove to the world that you're a big girl, and can do all sorts of big girl things. But one of the biggest big girl things there is to do is being brave, and Ramona Quimby is about to prove to everyone that she's one of the bravest people there is.
Ramona Quimby doesn't mean to embarrass her older sister Beezus; but when a group of boys begin making fun of her name on the playground, Ramona can't help but stick up for her older sister. So kicks off Ramona's bought with being brave. Soon she's doing all sorts of brave things, such as fending off monstrous dogs, and avoiding ghosts. But one of the bravest things that Ramona can possibly do is begin first grade. While Ramona loves her kindergarten teacher, she can't help but feel thrilled that she's finally leaving the Pre-K behind, and embarking on the world of first grade. Everything is so new and fresh - including the teacher. But upon arrival, Ramona can't help but feel apprehension, aggravation, and annoyance with the first grade. Beezus seems so content with her new teacher, and does nothing but brag about how wonderful he is, and the exciting things he allows his students to do. Ramona feels the opposite. Sure, her teacher is nice enough; but her dreams of being the coolest kid in the first grade are dashed when her supposed best friend Howie refuses to back up the story of there being a hole chopped in the side of her house. And pretty soon the curly-haired Susan is copying her very own artistic creations. Now, everyone thinks Ramona is a bad girl, and a liar, and she has no clue how to prove her classmates wrong. The only thing she can possibly do is act brave. But sometimes, being brave is more difficult than you can imagine.
I think that RAMONA THE BRAVE was my very first foray into the world of Ramona Quimby over ten years ago. And, even now, I find myself loving every moment of the six-year-olds adventures into the first grade and beyond. Ramona is such an appealing character. Her constant attempts to behave and act demurely like her older sister Beezus are humorous; while the constant mischief she's always finding herself in is quite similar to that of fellow six-year-olds. Beezus, on the other hand, is a much more proper young lady who is always scolding Ramona. In RAMONA THE BRAVE, however, Beezus actually sympathizes with Ramona at times, showcasing a growing bond between the siblings, which is always nice to see. While RAMONA THE BRAVE contains very little of Beezus, the scenes where she does appear are exciting, as it's always fun to see the little exchanges between her and Ramona. Yet, even with the lack of Beezus' character, Ramona's antics are enough to carry the story on their own. Two thumbs up for RAMONA THE BRAVE!
Erika Sorocco Freelance Reviewer
It's hard to be brave when you're six and not a baby anymore... Jan 23, 2008
Now that she's six, Ramona Quimby knows she's got to grow up. Like her teacher always says, they aren't in kindergarten anymore, so the students should act like it.
Yet as hard as Ramona tries to be brave, it's really difficult sometimes. Both she and her older sister Beezus were thrilled to learn the family would be adding another bedroom to the house, so the girls could finally have their own rooms. But, lying alone in the dark, imagining all sorts of terrible things lurking in the shadows, Ramona isn't so sure it was all that good an idea.
There's also Ramona's first-grade teacher, which isn't nearly as nice and understanding as Miss Binney in kindergarten; and a scary dog that snarls at Ramona when she takes a new route to school.
As always, Ramona is a realistic heroine, full of fun, adventure and the same worries that plague children in all places and times. Readers are guaranteed to want more Ramona stories once they start!
Classic Cleary May 5, 2006
This was my favorite Ramona book growing up and now it is my daughters' favorite. Girls just never seem to change much, do they? The precocious Ramona is such a "typical" girl, and someone we can all relate to. From her ramblings with peers to her beginning school adventures, she is "everygirl", and so engaging and fun. I look forward to sharing more of Ramona's adventures with my daughters, and reliving my own childhood in the process.
I have heard there will eventually be a Ramona movie, and I am thrilled! Though I'm sure Ramona will be modernized in some ways, I imagine the movie will still be wonderful.
My oldest daughter wrote a letter to Ms. Cleary a couple of years ago and actually got a postcard back. That is one of our treasured keepsakes, in addition to our books.
A very good book. Jan 20, 2006
Ramona was a brave girl.She tried to be perfect.She got her a new bedroom.She got attacked by a dog and went to school with out a shoe on.And a guy brings back her shoe at school.Also she got mad at her friend.And i liked it when the workers put a hole in the wall.
A funny, interesting book! Oct 29, 2005
Ramona the Brave is six years old, just like me. She has brown hair like me, wears dresses like me and is in the first grade like me.
Ramona lives in a house with her big sister (Beezus), her Dad, her Mom, and Picky-Picky (her cat). Ramona is starting first grade. The first days are bad for her. She doesn't like first grade at all. It turns out better than she expected, though!
I liked it when the doggy chased her and she figured out how to get him to stop with her shoe.
Ramona is brave, spunky and a good artist. I was disappointed when the book ended. I wanted to read more about her. I'm glad there are more Ramona books I can read!