A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The family is going through a tough time and this book shows how they deal with and grow from the experience.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Ramona's father smokes. Ramona and her sister work hard to get him to stop.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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