Beezus and Ramona
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this slice-of-life book about family is a literary classic about a girl being vexed by her preschool sister. .
What's the story?
Big sister Beezus struggles to manage life with her little sister, Ramona.
Is it any good?
Though more than 50 years old, BEEZUS AND RAMONA has lost none of its charm. The frustrations of being an older sibling to a rambunctious preschooler are the same no matter what the era. Kids will still sympathize with gentle Beezus as she struggles with her little sister, Ramona. The text is sometimes a little dated -- the girls' father has handkerchiefs (they tie them to sticks for flags) and a new book costs only $2.50 -- but the story itself is timeless.
Each chapter stands on its own as a funny story but the book also holds together to make a fine long-range narrative. It's a satisfying read for kids who are frustrated by chapter-ending cliff-hangers or for families who are reading together across several days. Parents who were unlucky enough to miss out on Ramona Quimby might want to designate this a read-aloud book so they can get in on the fun. Beverly Cleary's books about everyday kids are a pleasure for every reader, no matter what age.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about their own kids' challenges with younger family members. Why is it sometimes so hard to get along? They may want to revisit some of their own family's legends of rambunctious preschoolers. What sorts of things have happened in their own homes that might rival Ramona's antics?