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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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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 |
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 |
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Channing, StockardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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