Beverly Cleary I L L U S T R AT E D B Y Tracy Dockray v viii Contents 1. Beezus and Her Little Sister 1 2. Beezu Beezus and Ramona · Beezus and Ramona. Beezus and Ramona. By Beverly Cleary. Suggestions and Expectations. This 43 page curriculum unit can be used in a variety of ways. Each chapter of the. Beezus Quimby tries very hard to be patient with her little sister, but four-year-old Ramona has the habit of doing the most unpredictable, annoying.
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Beatrice Quimby's biggest problem was her little sister Ramona. Beatrice, or Beezus (as everyone called her, because that was what Ramona had called her . Beverly Cleary I L L U S T R AT E D B Y Tracy Dockray v viii Contents 1. Beezus and Her Little Sister 1 2. Beezu Beezus and Ramona. Beverly Cleary. Beezus and Ramona. Read more · Ramona Forever · Read more · Ramona's Beezus and Ramona · Read more · Great Uncle Dracula [Age 8 Reading Level].
Plot[ edit ] Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby, a close friend of Henry Huggins, is perpetually infuriated by the imaginative antics of her younger sister Ramona, who frequently insists upon exhibiting imaginative habits and eccentricities such as wearing her beloved homemade paper rabbit ears while pretending to be the Easter Bunny , dragging a string along behind her pretending to lead an imaginary lizard named Ralph, and being read an irritating children's book about an anthropomorphic , disgruntled steam shovel called Scoopy. Beezus is also commonly exasperated by actions on her sister's part such as writing in a library book, inviting her classmates to a house party without the permission of her parents, and wreaking havoc during Beezus's painting class. Beezus, however, is haunted frequently by the guilt of her animosity towards Ramona and the uneasy sisterhood that they share as opposed to that displayed by her mother and Aunt Beatrice, and is finally prompted to revealing this during her tenth birthday celebration after Ramona has ruined a pair of birthday cakes intended for the party. However, after learning about memories from the childhoods of Aunt Beatrice and her mother, both of whom used to fight much like Beezus and her sister, Beatrice accepts that she can love but may not always like Ramona. Main article: Ramona novel series Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy originally appeared in their own series of six books, starting with Henry Huggins in Beezus and Ramona were introduced in that book as friends of Henry who also lived on Klickitat Street in Portland, Oregon.
So after that story was published, I wrote how she got to that point. So in this case, I wrote the last chapter first. Cleary chose the name Klickitat because it reminded her of the sound of knitting needles.
Soon after, she decided to try her hand at writing for and about real children. Ramona has a complex personality with good and bad traits that change as she matures. Her emotional life drives her behavior, and leads to conflict. Even though Ramona admits to being "bad" that afternoon, she is not punished, which surprises her.
One afternoon, a neighbor leaves her children at the Quimbys' house to play with Ramona.
Soon after that, several other children arrive, and it becomes clear to Mrs. Quimby that Ramona has invited all of her friends to a party.
Beezus thinks quickly and decides that having a parade will entertain the crowd. She makes flags out of rulers and handkerchiefs and serves everyone applesauce. On Beezus' 10th birthday, her mother bakes her favorite cake.
As she is preparing it, Beezus reads Hansel and Gretel to Ramona. Then, while no one is watching, Ramona puts her rubber doll in the oven where it melts, spoiling the cake. Beezus realizes that sometimes she doesn't love her little sister.
Aunt Beatrice brings another birthday cake when she comes to dinner that evening. After the presents are opened, Aunt Beatrice and Mrs.
Quimby reminisce and laugh about things that happened when they were young. They admit that they didn't always love each other, either.
Beezus blows out the 10 candles on her cake, wishing every birthday could be as happy as this one. Christian Beliefs. So only Beezus was left to read Scoopy to Ramona.
Plainly something had to be done and it was up to Beezus to do it. But what? Arguing with Ramona was a waste of time. So was appealing to her better nature.
The best thing to do with Ramona, Beezus had learned, was to think up something to take the place of whatever her mind was fixed upon.
And what could take the place of The Littelest Steam Shovel? Another book, of course, a better book, and the place to find it was certainly the library. She really enjoyed taking Ramona places, which, of course, was quite different from wanting to go someplace herself and having Ramona insist on tagging along. For a moment Ramona was undecided.
Plainly she was torn between wanting The Littlest Steam Shovel read aloud again and the pleasure of going out with Beezus. When Ramona appeared with her sweater, Beezus stared at her in dismay.
Oh, no, she thought.
She can't wear those to the library. On her head Ramona wore a circle of cardboard with two long paper ears attached. The insides of the ears were colored with pink crayon, Ramona's work at nursery school. Whoever heard of an Easter bunny in September? I just hope we don't meet anybody we know, Beezus thought, as they started out the front door.
But the girls had no sooner left the house when they saw Mrs. Wisser, a lady who lived in the next block, coming toward them with a friend. It was too late to turn back.
Wisser had seen them and was waving. Wisser said, when they met. Wisser said to her friend, as if Beezus and Ramona couldn't hear, "Isn't she adorable? Both children knew whom Mrs. Wisser was talking about. If she had been talking about Beezus, she would have said something quite different. Such a nice girl, probably. A sweet child, perhaps. Adorable, never. Ramona beamed. She knew whose eyes they were talking about. Beezus knew too, but she didn't care.
Mother said blue eyes were just as pretty as brown. Beezus had thought it was cunning the first time she heard Ramona say it, about a year ago. Since then she had given up trying to explain to Ramona that she wasn't supposed to say she had brown and white eyes, because Ramona always answered, "My eyes are brown and white," and Beezus had to admit that, in a way, they were.
Wishing, as she so often did, that she had a more common nickname, like Betty or Patsy, she explained as quickly as she could how she happened to be called Beezus. Ramona did not like to lose the attention of her audience. She hitched up the leg of her overalls and raised her knee. That was one of the most exasperating things about Ramona.
She never seemed to understand what she was not supposed to do. Wisser's friend, but she did not look at it as if she really thought it was nice.
Wisser," said Beezus politely, and hoped that if they met anyone else they knew she could somehow manage to hide Ramona behind a bush.
Except for holding Ramona's hand crossing the streets, Beezus lingered behind he the rest of the way to the library. She hoped that all the people who stopped and smiled at Ramona would not think they were together. When they reached the Glenwood Branch Library, she said, "Ramona, wouldn't you like me to carry your ears for you now?
Inside the library, Beezus hurried Ramona into the boys and girls' section and seated her on a little chair in front of the picture books. Wouldn't you like that? Beezus' face turned red with embarresment when everyone in the library looked at Ramona's ears and smiled.
Beezus slected another book. Here's a funny story about a kitten that falls into the goldfish bowl. If only Miss Evans, the children's librarian, were there! She would know how to select a book for Ramona. Beezus noticed Miss Greever glance distapprovingly in their direction while the other grownups watched Ramona and smiled. When Beezus had selected her book, she returned to the picture-book section, where she found Ramona sitting on the bench with both arms clasped around a big flat book.
On the cover was a picture of a steam shovel with its jaws full of rocks. The title was Big Steve the Steam Shovel. Under the disapproving stare of Miss Greever, Beezus gave up. Ramona was right. Beezus looked with distaste at the big orange-colored book in its stout library binding. At least it would be due in two weeks, but Beezus did not feel very happy at the thought of two more weeks of steam shovels.
And it just went to show how Ramona always got her own way. Beezus pulled her library card out of her sweater pocket. A library isn't like a store, where you download things.
Beezus watched doubtfully while Miss Greever asked Ramona her name and age. When Ramona didn't understand, she asked, "What kind of work does your father do? Somehow Beezus did not like to have Miss Greever laugh at her sister. After all, how could Ramona be expected to know what Father did?