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Old 02-20-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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To me, though, it is amazing the I was born in the forties and I have long been retired & Beverly Cleary is still writing. I was a teacher & remember that my own students loved the Ramona books & her quality of writing has not diminished at all. That is fifty years .
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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I remember a Ramona book, maybe "Ramona the Brave"? I remember she had a sister Beatrice but everyone called her "Beezus" because that's how Ramona pronounced it whe she was little. The biggest "bad word" she'd get in trouble for was saying "Jesus, Beezus!" I think Ramona was a bit of a trouble-maker who might be diagnosed with ADHD or some other impulse-control disorder today. I remember reading the books and thinking, "wow, she's BAD! I'd be in soooo much trouble if I pulled that!"

I also remember Ellen Tebbits and her friend Austine (I think it was?) I remember the long wool underwear scene that the other poster mentioned, but I grew up in the 70s so this was very foreign to me that anyone's parents would make them wear such things.
I remember some scene where the two girls wanted identical dresses, but instead of buying them, they had their moms make them (also foreign to me!) One girl's mom couldn't sew well, and sewed buttons over snaps and the dress looked awful. I think it was Austine's.
Wasn't there also a scene or chapter where Ellen tried to pull up some huge turnip or beet and bring it in for show & tell, and she got covered in mud after wrestling with the thing, which was like some huge beet from hell?
Weird the little things you remember after so many years...
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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I also remember Ellen Tebbits and her friend Austine (I think it was?) I remember the long wool underwear scene that the other poster mentioned, but I grew up in the 70s so this was very foreign to me that anyone's parents would make them wear such things.
I remember some scene where the two girls wanted identical dresses, but instead of buying them, they had their moms make them (also foreign to me!) One girl's mom couldn't sew well, and sewed buttons over snaps and the dress looked awful. I think it was Austine's.
Wasn't there also a scene or chapter where Ellen tried to pull up some huge turnip or beet and bring it in for show & tell, and she got covered in mud after wrestling with the thing, which was like some huge beet from hell?
Weird the little things you remember after so many years...
Yep - you are pretty close on all of that! I had forgotten about the matching dresses part! And you are right - it was a beet. She ended up late for school with a muddy dress and mean Otis teased her.

I think the friend was Justine, maybe...
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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Man, I may have to read these again!
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I also remember Ellen Tebbits and her friend Austine (I think it was?) I remember the long wool underwear scene that the other poster mentioned, but I grew up in the 70s so this was very foreign to me that anyone's parents would make them wear such things.
I remember some scene where the two girls wanted identical dresses, but instead of buying them, they had their moms make them (also foreign to me!) One girl's mom couldn't sew well, and sewed buttons over snaps and the dress looked awful. I think it was Austine's.
Wasn't there also a scene or chapter where Ellen tried to pull up some huge turnip or beet and bring it in for show & tell, and she got covered in mud after wrestling with the thing, which was like some huge beet from hell?
Weird the little things you remember after so many years...
You remember so much lol her friend's name was Austine and she had the ugly dress. She was jealous of Ellen's and kept pulling her bow and then Otis (the ballet teacher's son) pulled Ellen's bow but she thought it was Austine and slaps her.

Do you guys remember Emily's runaway imagination where she bleaches the horse to make a white stallion? And I loved Ribsy....man I hope my son likes to read so I can have an excuse to buy those books again.
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