I really enjoyed this book - Beverly was from Portland (now resides in CA) and so am I - I grew up seeing the streets that she mentioned in her Ramona, Henry and Beezus books. There's even a park with statues of her characters. Read about the woman who created some of our most well known and beloved children's characters.
This is a beautiful memoir from the author of many beloved children's books. Beverly Cleary has such a wonderful way of capturing the emotion of memorable childhood moments. Readers who love "Ramona" will see that Cleary lived the inspirations for some of the precocious girl's misadventures. The memoir starts with Cleary growing up on a very rural working farm in Oregon, and follows her move into the "big city" of Portland, her family's struggles through hard economic times and how she found her passion for writing. Highly recommended!
I loved this one! It has been years, if not decades, since I read any of Beverly Cleary's wonderful books. How interesting it was to travel back into her own childhood since her books were so much a part of mine! Spirited fun.
This enjoyable memoir is not just for people who love Beverly Cleary's children's books, but for anyone interested in post WWI Portland, Oregon or a well written tale of growing up during The Great Depression. The reading level described in the listing is 12 years or younger, but I think despite Cleary's lovely simple prose, the events described will be better *understood* by readers 12 years old and older, as it does cover Beverly's life through age 18, and high school graduation.
A wonderful autobiography of Beverly Cleary of her childhood in Oregon. It covers her life from birth to her leaving for college, and has lots of poignant memories, from her sometimes troubled relationship with her mother, to life during the depression, and an encounter with an uncle with abusive tendencies. Offseting the sad or upsetting are the many marvelous stories of her escapades and adventures as a child - many of them extremely funny. Very well written and a good read for late middle school / high school and older .
Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children's authors of all time, wrote A Girl from Yamhill as a memoir of her childhood. In this book Beverly tells her readers a lot about who she is and where she came from. Filled with memories and personal history, this was an interesting read for anyone who wants to know more about this author.