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Parents need to know that Beverly Cleary's Beezus and Ramona is a literary classic about a girl being vexed by her preschool sister. It's the first of a series of slice-of-life books about the irrepressible Ramona Quimby and her family.
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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 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. It makes a great read-aloud book. Beverly Cleary's books about everyday kids are a pleasure for every reader, no matter what age.
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Families can talk about their own kids' challenges with younger family members. Why is it sometimes so hard to get along?
What are some famous stories of your family's rambunctious preschoolers? What sorts of things have happened at your house that might rival Ramona's antics?
Does this story make you want to read more Ramona books?
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