Ramona feels this is the awkward age too little to stay by herself after school when her mother is at work, but too big to enjoy playing with pesty Willa Jean at her sitter's house. These days, all Ramona really wants is to twitch her nose and be her mother's little rabbit like she used to be. Can't she be her mother's little girl forever?
About the Author
Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.
Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.
Beverly Cleary has written more than 35 award-winning books about the kind of things real children think about and run into everyday-stories full of humor and heart. She has a wide and loyal readership that now spans several generations. She has won the Newbery Medal and twice been awarded the Newbery Honor. In 1975, she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and lasting contribution to literature fro children. Listening Library is proud to offer all of Ramona's adventures on audio, read by Stockard Channing.
About the Reader
One of America's leading stage actresses, Stockard Channing has also had an illustrious career on the silver screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award for "Six Degress of Separation," and the stage version earned her a Tony nomination. Her other film credits include "Practical Magic, Twilight, The First Wives Club," and "Grease,"