Ramona the Brave

Ramona the Brave

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Six-year-old Ramona tries to cope with an unsympathetic first-grade teacher. In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being different, clearly the two are incompatible. Nevertheless, Ramona can be counted on to keep things lively. Enraged when Susan copies her wise old owl prepared for Parents' Night and receives praise for it, Ramona rebels. Overcome by guilt and no longer brave, she tries mightily thereafter to please her teacher, but still Mrs. Griggs infuriatingly reports home that Ramona lacks self-control. Only because she is a girl with spunk, to use her father's word, does Ramona's courage return, earning her at last an uneasy truce with the teacher.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2007.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9780739351147
0739351141
Call Number: CLEARY
Characteristics: 2 compact discs (2 hr., 18 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Compact discs, Juvenile book.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Quimby, Ramona (Fictitious character) -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Channing, Stockard

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Mar 01, 2017

On Sunday night I wrote a 24-page paper for one class... tonight I wrote a short report for my other class... and that is why I chose to listen to this series on audiobook! I needed lighter reading for during the semester! However, there are layers to this book! This one is probably the deepest of the series. In it, Ramona overcomes many fears. She's six years old, so she's starting full-day school for the first time. With that change, her mother also feels freed to return to work, so Ramona has a different pattern to her day. She no longer comes straight home to her mother; now she must go to a neighbor's home after school. With that new job, the family is able to afford an addition onto their home and that means that Ramona gets her own room for the first time in her life! Now she's sleeping in the dark all alone.

As the title tells, Ramona discovers an inner strength and also learns to lean on her loved ones and overcomes her fears. On Goodreads, there's a bit of the description that says that "Beverly Cleary has a real knack for the subtle emotional complexities of young children. Never condescending, she sees children as real people with real feelings." This sentiment certainly comes across in the books! Even as an adult reading a book with a six-year-old protagonist, I still found ways to connect to her and share in her experiences. The emotional descriptions took me right back to my own childhood. And while yes, Ramona does overcome situations in this book that most children would relate to and also find scary, the book itself is never spooky or scary. I recommend this book to anyone from age 6 to age 106!

As I mentioned, I listened to the audiobook of Ramona the Brave. It has the same narrator as the first books in the series, who continues to do a good job of it.

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Ajo100
Jan 20, 2016

I love reading about Ramona! She is so funny, and the way her family acts is just wonderful.

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Ajo100
Jan 20, 2016

Ramona can get into a lot of TROUBLE!! What will happen next???

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