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Old 02-17-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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Does anyone else remember reading her books as children? When I was growing up, there were so few authors who wrote "chapter books" for kids.

We basically had to read Nancy Drew or even The Bobbsy Twins ( really outdated ) just because there were no authors who wrote about real kids.

Beverly Cleary , though, was sort of a trailblazer because her Romona Quimby books were actually set in the present time and in chapters the way most children's books are now .

What is really strange is that, I grew up in the fifties and sixties and she is still writing books while I have been retired for almost five years.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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I don't remember Beverly Cleary but I do remember reading the Bobbsey Twins, the Happy Hollisters, then Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie. I was born in the mid-60s.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Yup! I remember
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:18 AM
 
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I was born in the 70s but I read my share of Beverly Cleary books. Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, and several other Mouse, Henry, and Ramona books. Another series I read by Ben Lucien Burman which I enjoyed greatly was his Catfish Bend series of books, which I believe were written mostly in the 1950s. I actually didn't know any of these books were that old until I just looked them up before typing this.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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I will always be so grateful to my parents for finding her books for me until I was able to discover authors on my own.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:32 PM
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Yes, I read the Beverly Cleary books, too! I was born in 1958, just for reference.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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I was born in '59, and remember reading "Fifteen" around the age of ... 15? It was a cute book, and the ending was great. If anyone wants a great escape and forget that they're an adult for a while, read "Fifteen".

I read most of the Beany Malone and Katie Rose series, too. I think the author was Lenora Mattingly Weber.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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I missed reading her books when I grew up. The first time I read Ramona the Pest to my daughter as a young child, I remember laughing out loud. I still think about the chapter in which Ramona goes to kindergarten and her teacher tells her to "stay here for the present" (she wants her to sit on the rug), which Ramona misinterprets.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:53 AM
 
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I was born in 1963 and read every Beverly Cleary book! My favorite was Ellen Tibbits because my mother made me wear and undershirt even after we moved to the south. None of my friends had to wear undershirts.... Ellen had it worse though, because she had to wear "woolens" that necessitated changing clothes in the janitor's closet before ballet!

Great memories!
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