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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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49 months - I don't think O was as entertained by this one as I was. But smoking isn't as prevalent now so it's more difficult for a kid, especially a 4 year old, to relate. Also we are not religious so preparing for the nativity scene at church probably didn't mean much to her either. I related it to her ballet recital but Instead of dancing they were dressed in costume and acting like in a movie. I on the other hand could totally relate thinking back on my time in the choir and Christmas programs in Sunday School. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
This book is about a girl named Ramona. Her father lost his job and her mom works full time every day and comes home and works even more. she has carved a pumpkin but the cat broke it and she had to eat pumpkin every day because she had not alot of food. she wanted to be in the commercals and get alot of money! She also stuck burrs to her hair trying to make a crown out of them. She was in the church play of mary and josef and she was a sheep. She didn't want to go untill she saw three girls with makeup. The girls where nice and gave her makeup on her nose. In the end she got on stage and did her part. ( )
  tesia.rose3 | Apr 27, 2015 |
Of course every family should read the whole set of Ramona books. But this is probably the best, because Cleary reveals the soul of the family, not just of the spunky little girl. ( )
1 vote Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Lindsey Johnson

Book # 8

Grade Level –
4th-7th grade


Book Summary: Ramona’s dad has lost his job. Her mom has to get a full-time job. Ramona tries to stay out of the way so that the family will be happy again; everyone has been grumpy since her dad lost his job. Beezus, her older sister, and Ramona start making signs about how bad smoking is, they want their dad to stop smoking for his health. At first he makes jokes about the signs, then he ignores then, finally he tells the girls to stop. Later Ramona sees her dad leave his cigarettes on the counter; he tells her he is going to try to stop smoking. This year Ramona is going to be a sheep for the Christmas play at church. But her mom doesn’t have time, or money to make the costume. So her mother bleaches an old robe and makes ears and a tail for her to wear. Her dad finally gets a job, starting after New Years. Ramona doesn’t think her sheep costume is good so she refuses to be in the play. She hides behind a Christmas tree while everyone is getting ready for the play. She finally decides to join the fun after some older girls say she is adorable and make her a black sheep nose out of mascara.

Personal Reaction: The Ramona books were always some of my favorites when I was young. I think they will be enjoyed by the children in my classroom.

Extension Activities:
1. Color a picture of the “world’s longest picture” like Ramona and her Dad did.
2. Write a story about some time that you have spent doing something special with your family.
  LindseyJohnson | Apr 9, 2015 |
The genre of this book is realistic fiction. When Ramona's father loses his job, her mother has to work full time, and everythings seems to go wrong. Even when her family is upset, Ramona tries to always cheer them up, even when she does silly things. Nonetheless, her father still loves her, no matter what, and Ramona finds that she is very lucky to have a family like hers. ( )
  athena.j | Feb 24, 2015 |
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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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"Ye-e-ep!" sang Ramona Quimby one warm September afternoon, as she knelt on a chair at the kitchen table to make out her Christmas list.
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The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.

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