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Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

Ramona and Her Father (original 1977; edition 1975)

by Beverly Cleary, Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator)

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Title:Ramona and Her Father
Authors:Beverly Cleary (Author)
Other authors:Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator)
Info:Avon Camelot (1990), Paperback, 187 pages
Collections:Your library, Child/Youth Books

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Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (1977)



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Summary: Ramona's father loses his job, causing Ramona's mother to have to go to work. This makes the whole family sad. Ramona and her sister try to figure out a plan that will make their dad stop smoking. In the end, the family learns that even though they will face hard times, they can over come anything as long as they stick together.

Personal Reflection: This book had a great meaning of family for children. It also had a very positive ending that will encourage children to keep their heads up no matter the issue.

1. do not give up
2. Hard times
3. Staying positive ( )
  KelseyBelden | Nov 19, 2013 |
In this book, Ramona's father loses his job and the whole family has to deal with the economic stress. Her mom changes her part-time job to full-time and her dad gets really grumpy. She and her sister also convince her dad to stop smoking.

I think this book does a beautiful job of portraying how economic stress can affect children. The parents are portrayed really realistically, and Ramona's interpretations of the issue and her worries about Christmas and food and losing the house. I love the interactions between the family members and I think Cleary does a beautiful job of creating a realistic family. Ramona is always hilarious and this is another well-loved book. ( )
  BrittaSorensen | Nov 11, 2013 |
Ramona is in second grade, and full of worries. Her dad loses his job, won't quit smoking, and everyone in the family is on edge. Tin-can stilts, drawing with her dad, and trying to make a million dollars keep Ramona smiling (some of the time).
  hcurrey | Jul 22, 2013 |
This is a good early reader book that gives insights into the process of learning to deal with family adversity. The story begins with a classic family setting of a full time working father with the mother primary focused on taking care of the home, but also working part time to help supplement their income. When Ramona's father loses his job, the family has to learn to cope with less, while her Mother begins working full time outside of the house. The book shows how Ramona processes the change in family dynamics and how she tries to help; ultimately learning that despite the challenges and changes, her family is happy. The book also provides occasional illustrations that help the reader visualize the events and the emotions of the characters.
  athomp2 | May 24, 2013 |
Ramona Quimby is now in second grade and her father just lost his job. Their family doesn’t have any extra money, so now there is a concern amongst the whole family about financial situations and looking for employment. While Mr. Quimby is collecting unemployment checks and being the caregiver of the family, Mrs. Quimby finds a job as a receptionist at a pediatrician’s office. This has changed the family dynamics and now everyone must adjust to Mrs. Quimby’s working and Mr. Quimby’s staying at home.
Ramona, who has a full imagination and is free-spirited child, now has to worry about things such as money, her father’s smoking, keeping peace in the family, competing with an older sister, Beezus, adjusting to a mother who works, and dealing with an stressed family who tries to make the best of everything, despite their current economic situation. Ramona soon realizes that her family loves her, especially her father, and that, though at times the family may have challenges, as all families do, her family is a loving family who truly care about each other. At the end of the book, her father gets a job as a grocery store cashier.
This book would make a great mentor text because it focuses on everyday issues that many families face-job loss, sibling conflicts, childhood fears, and roles of responsibilities. Students can connect with Ramona and her family as they struggle during this hardship. Also, this book takes place in Portland, Oregon and is written by a writer from Oregon. Students could research information on the author, which they might find interesting. There is a section where Ramona and her dad draw the state of Oregon as a mural. This is a great social studies activity that students could do in class that connects the literature to the assignment. ( )
  aimeestanaland | Nov 24, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Beverly Clearyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Channing, StockardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiegreen, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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