Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary
Ramona’s world has changed again. There’s a baby in the house now. Her mother is home again. Her father works as a manager at a grocery store. Ramona is in a different grade, but there’s a new girl there. Her name is Daisy. Right away, she and Daisy get along. They go over to each other’s houses. Ramona really likes Daisy’s house because it isn’t very neat.
Ramona’s mother encourages her to spend more time with a girl named Susan, but Ramona doesn’t like Susan.
At one point, Daisy and Ramona are playing in Daisy’s attic when Ramona falls through the ceiling. She isn’t wearing any pants and her legs are just hanging down from the ceiling. Ramona is quite embarrassed about the whole thing and tells everyone in her family not to tell anyone.
Ramona takes on more responsibility. At one point, she even watches the baby and Daisy’s cat all by herself while her mother goes to pick up Beezus. It’s not easy, but she does it.
What I liked
Our little Ramona is growing up. She’s learning about friends, embarrassment, and responsibility. She’s learning to be more of her own person and more responsible, not only for herself, but for her family and her friends and society in general. We all have to learn how to be responsible in those aspects. I think Ramona is doing quite well, even if she thinks some things are terribly embarrassing.
What I didn’t like
This is the last Ramona book, which is a bit sad. The thing about this particular book is that it was written way after the last Ramona installment. This book was published in 1999. The last Ramona book published before this book, Ramona Forever, was published in 1984. There was quite a break between Ramona books and now we don’t have anymore. There are other books by Beverly Cleary, but this is the last of the Ramona line.
Oh, Ramona, I bet your teenage years were filled with fun.
Do you think Ramona turned out all right?
What do you think Ramona became when she grew up?