Ramona and Her Father

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A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!

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ALA Best and Notable BooksNewbery Medal and Honors

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The family is going through a tough time and this book shows how they deal with and grow from the experience.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Ramona's father smokes. Ramona and her sister work hard to get him to stop.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book deals with Ramona's father losing his job, the family's money worries, and Ramona's mom going to work full-time. There is also heavy emphasis on getting Ramona's dad to stop smoking.

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What's the story?

Ramona is all out of sorts when her father loses his job, her mom goes to work full time, and her sister Beezus becomes moody. She decides to make a million dollars, get her father to stop smoking, and cheer the family up, in her very Ramona way.

Is it any good?

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RAMONA AND HER FATHER is a great Beverly Cleary classic. The book is funny and heartwarming, and we feel for Ramona as she struggles with trying to make sense of what's going on and why everyone in the house is so unhappy.

Ramona's drive to get her father to stop smoking is classic Ramona. And there are definitely moments you can tell this lovingly rambunctious girl is learning some life lessons. Like many kids, she has to have things just so, and when her mom makes a sheep costume for a Christmas play that doesn't live up to her expectations, her turnaround from disappointment to acceptance is a great lesson presented in an endearing, hilarious way. Parents will love reading along with a classic they most likely read themselves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how family situations can change, as well as smoking, health, and family unity. Why does Ramona want her father to stop smoking? Why does her father begin to act differently?

Book details

Author:Beverly Cleary
Illustrator:Tracy Dockray
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTrophy
Publication date:November 9, 2000
Number of pages:208
Awards:ALA Best and Notable Books, Newbery Medal and Honors

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Teen, 17 years old Written byanne chang February 6, 2009
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Ramona and Her Father

Kid, 12 years old March 31, 2010
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I love Ramona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't worry, parents. The smoking isn't THAT bad.
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Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byhowrselover January 28, 2012
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:DDDD

Great, cozily retro, funny, and happy!

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