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Book Title: Henry And Ribsy|
The author of the book: Beverly Cleary
The size of the: 555 KB
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Date of issue: 2001
ISBN 13: 9780439385954
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Beverley Cleary writes about the every day, mundane life of children and somehow makes it interesting. There are no magicians, no elves, no talking animals, no magic treehouses, no princesses – just ordinary kid troubles and concerns.
I witness my children relating to these books as they listen to them, despite the generational gap, and I can relate to them now on a new level, as an adult parent looking back on myself and my exaggerated woes as a child. This time we opted for one with a male protagonist, for the sake of my four year old son, who has already been subjected to three Ramona books.
I did have to answer questions, however, such as, “Did kids used to be allowed to ride buses by themselves?” (Henry is in 3rd grade and riding about town to the YMCA and home and such.) “Why don’t parents let kids do things by themselves anymore?” and so forth. Well, I wish it were more common for 3rd graders to be riding their bikes one or two miles to a friend’s house as I once did, perhaps stopping off at a strip mall to buy a treat (or a bag of guppies), but if I send you out to do it, you’ll be the only one doing it anymore…and then I’ll get a phone call or a knock on my door…so we’ll see, when you’re in third grade, whether you have one iota of the freedom of Henry Huggins.
But, back to the book. A fun read. (Or listen, in this case.) I’m amazed by Cleary’s ability to make the everyday much more interesting to hear about than, say, a magic school bus that shrinks down and drives through a student’s heart. The closest thing to it today I’ve come across is the Junie B. Jones series, which are quite amusing but somehow don’t hit me quite the same.
I liked Henry and Ribsy - not nearly as much as I liked Ramona, but that's probably just because I'm a girl.
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Read information about the authorBeverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly Atlee Bunn in McMinnville, Oregon. When she was 6, her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she went to grammar and high school. She was slow in learning to read, due partly to her dissatisfaction with the books she was required to read and partly to an unpleasant first grade teacher. It wasn't until she was in third grade that she found enjoyment from books, when she started reading The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Thereafter, she was a frequent visitor to the library, though she rarely found the books she most wanted to read — those about children like herself.
She moved to California to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and after graduation with a B.A in English in 1938, studied at the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned a degree in librarianship in 1939. Her first job was as a librarian in Yakima, Washington, where she met many children who were searching for the same books that she had always hoped to find as a child herself. In response, she wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, which was published in 1950. Beezus and Ramona, Cleary's first novel to feature the Quimby sisters as the central focus of the story, was published in 1955, although Beezus and Ramona made frequent appearances in the Henry Huggins series as supporting characters.
In 1940 she married Clarence T. Cleary and they moved to Oakland, California. The Clearys became parents to a set of twins, Marianne Elisabeth and Malcolm James, in 1955. Clarence Cleary died in 2004. Beverly Cleary currently lives in Carmel, California.
She has also written two autobiographies, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet.
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