Parents' Guide to

Ramona the Pest

By Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Ramona tale helps young kids build empathy.

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Ramona The Pest

My second youngest (Jasmine, age 4) is starting Junior Kindergarten this fall. Yes some things are different because the book is getting outdated (e.g Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten) but the book has told her what school is going to be like. Yes, the protagonist has a big noisy fuss now and then. You need to enjoy those moments because Ramona ditches her tantrums around the middle of the series. A wonderful book from a five year old's point of view. Being five is a lot tougher than what you remember.

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Rarely has any author had such compassionate, yet droll, insight into young children. Beverly Cleary has a unique talent for getting inside her characters' heads -- there are few books as good for building empathy in young children as the Ramona series. Even when Ramona is at her worst, the reader always has humorous sympathy for her. The author is also expert at writing in a language that speaks to a kid's imagination, and illustrator Louis Darling provides charming line drawings.

Older kids enjoy looking back at their not-too-distant kindergarten years. Ramona helps children understand others -- and themselves. Even though the book is filled with pesky juvenile behavior, it's almost always curtailed and corrected by parents and teachers. And Ramona isn't all bad; one tender moment about sharing a red ribbon shows Ramona has more sides to her personality than just pest.

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