Ramona's World

by Beverly Cleary

Paperback, 1999



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PB Cle




Scholatic Inc (1999), Edition: Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed, 192 pages


Follows the adventures of nine-year-old Ramona at home with big sister Beezus and baby sister Roberta and at school in Mrs. Meacham's class.


Triple Crown Awards (Nominee — 2002)
Nēnē Award (Nominee — 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2001)
Children's Favorites Awards (Selection — 2000)


Original publication date


Physical description

192 p.; 7.4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member bheinen
Ramona's World is a contemporary realism book for middle elementary readers who enjoy books about growing up. Ramona is a girl who is dealing with growing up as a middle child, working to be a good big sister to the baby, and a good little sister to her dramatic older sister. She ends up making
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friends with her nemesis since kindergarten at her birthday party at the end of the book.
This book is excellent to read to girls in 2-4th grade who are dealing with growing up. It deals with real-life issues and helps students realize that they are not alone in their struggles.
Extension ideas could include reading when a girl gets a new baby in the family or to children who have been feuding.
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LibraryThing member melwil_2006
Ramona Quimby stands alongside Anne Shirley and Pippi Longstocking as one of my favourite children's characters. With her messy hair, and her bad temper (always at the wrong time) and her desperate want for people to like her, she's always been likable to me. This book did nothing to change
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This is the most recent of the Ramona books and the only one I hadn't read yet. It takes up where Ramona Forever finishes - with the Quimby family enjoying their new addition - baby Roberta - and Ramona heading into fourth grade. Here she makes her first real girl best friend, works hard on her spelling at the request of her teacher, and tries to hide that fact that she rather likes one of the boys in her class.

Overall, this was a highly enjoyable children's book which I devoured quickly. Ramona is still getting herself into scrapes, though she'd like to think she's growing up. The characters are so familiar now, that the story feels like a comfortable T-shirt. One part that I really enjoyed, though, was a bit more of a look at Perfect Susan - who it turns out, is quite unhappy in her perfect world.
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LibraryThing member netaylor
Ramona's World is a wonderful and humorous story. Ramona is a young girl entering the fourth grade. She experiences this transitional time with humor, curiosity, and with a few struggles. The reader moves with Ramona on her search for friendship, identity, and responsibility. The experiences of
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Ramona are ones with which many students will identify.
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LibraryThing member ilovezeppe
Life is hard when you're sourrounded by perfection! At least this is what Ramona thinks! Cute book about the trials and tribulations of fourth grade. Ramona soon learns that imperfection is the way to go.
LibraryThing member hgcslibrary
Follows the adventures of nine-year-old Ramona at home with big sister, Beezus and baby-sitter, Roberta, and at school in Mrs. Meachum's class.
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
I love Ramona. She is enthusiastic and funny and real. This last book in the series finds Ramona growing up, learning to deal more maturely with her life. I'd love to see Ramona older - but then Ramona young is really what the series is about - looking at life through that unique viewpoint.
LibraryThing member acorey
Ramona's World is about the transition to fourth grade. Ramona is excited and knows it will be the best year so far. However, when things do not exactly go how she pictures it, she does not let it get her down in the end. Fourth grade is still the best year so far.

I really enjoyed this book. I like
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stories with the school setting and I think it makes it easy for the students to relate to the story, no matter their gender. It is a funny and realistic view from a student's eyes.

This story can be read to students that are coming to the end of their third grade year. It may help them realize not to get their expectations up too high, and understand that things always turn out for the best. It could also be incorporated into lessons on responsibility, because it tells about her responsibility for her schoolwork and being a good role model for her little sister.
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LibraryThing member crystalmorris
I really like Stockard Channing's voice telling the story. Her voice is clear, distinct, and warm, making her very easy to listen to and thus makes the story of Ramona all the more enjoyable. As for the actual book content, I read Ramona when I was younger and it seems that Ramona is a little more
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mature in this book as opposed to prior books in the series. Students should be able to identify with both the characters of Ramona and her older sister Beezus.
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LibraryThing member bibliophile26
A Ramona book I hadn't read before! I loved that Ramona has a baby sister and Ramona is as funny and adorable as she was as a four-year-old.
LibraryThing member Knicke
I loved Ramona to death back in the day, so I was surprised to find that there was a Ramona book I hadn't read. It wasn't published until I was 19 (way out of the target audience), so that makes sense. Eh. It was OK. Nowhere near as resonant as the other Ramona books, and I don't think that's just
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because of reading it as an adult. Much less angst than I remember. There are a few points of conflict, but not that many. And no blue oatmeal, Q's with whiskers, ears and tails, or No Smo King campaigns - no real memorable images at all. It's nice to have another Ramona book, but it's pretty forgettable compared to all the othes.
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LibraryThing member dosmus
Ramona's World is an action packed book. Ramona Quimby begins fourth grade and thinks it will be the best year of her life. She soon realizes that fourth grade is going to be alot of work. She has a new baby sister,Roberta,who looks up to her and she meets a new girl in school named Daisy. Travel
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through Ramona's life in the fourth grade by reading this book. She meets new friends, has a new teacher that she can't decide whether she likes her or not, and has many after school adventures.

This book is a good book to read to upper elementary classes. I think they would enjoy this book at the beginning of the semester to show them that everyone has a hard time, at some point, in school.

If I taught second or third grade, I would read this to my students. As I read it, there could me many activities to do. We would begin a journal that the students could write in as we read the book. At the end of every week they would be assigned to write what they liked about the book so far and predicted would happen next. Then after we finished the book, the students would be assigned to write if they have ever felt like Ramona did and why.
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LibraryThing member foraclass
Ramona has a lot going on in her life. She has a new baby sister, she's starting the 4th grade, her older sister Beezus is always annoyingly perfect, Ramona is looking for a best friend, and then there is spelling....That is a lot to take on for a nine-year-old. Told from Ramona's perspective, the
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reader gets to experience the thoughts, actions, and emotions of a fun and loving fourth grader. Some of Ramona's thoughts make her appealing and endearing. For example, after she has trouble spelling at school and is reluctant to talk to her mom, the reader gets to understand Ramona's thoughts on why she won't talk to her mother. Even as an adult, I remember having those feelings as a child. This is a book kids will be able to connect with and relate to. This is also a good book about friendship and one that may help kids see that everyone has quirks and that there is nothing wrong with having quirks. With the main character being a young female, and with several scenes discussing dresses, dances, and boys, I see this as primarily being a title for girls. Though, some boys may appreciate Ramona's antics as well. She is a good mix of girly and tomboy, especially when it comes to showing off her calluses. With the character ending in fourth grade, I would put the max age at around fourth grade. Second grade is about the earliest I see kids being able to read a book of this length and complexity.
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LibraryThing member NadineC.Keels
Wow! Ramona Quimby isn’t far from turning “zeroteen” years old. She’s now in fourth grade, makes a new best friend, and gets to spend time being the big sister for a change, at home. (Well, “a” big sister, anyway.) But as always, her adventures this year will come with their share of
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challenges in Ramona’s World by author Beverly Cleary.

So, here we are. I’ve finally read the belated conclusion to the Ramona Quimby series, after first meeting Ramona back when I was six. I’ll admit this last book (which was published fifteen years after the original last book, Ramona Forever, and almost forty-five years after the first book, Beezus and Ramona) didn’t have quite the same “Ramona book” feel that I’m accustomed to.

Of course, I did read and reread the other books as a child first before revisiting them as a grownup, and of course x2, Ramona is growing up herself. Nothing against her friend Howie, but Ramona’s finding that she needs more girl time, now. Plus, she’s liked a boy or two, here and there, but when it comes to a certain boy in her fourth grade class, liking him is, well, a little different.

Anyway, I got a good helping of laughs out of this book’s humor, so that was much the same. And the girl I was, who’s yet in me, can still identify a lot with this young heroine: earning the calluses on her hands, holding an unfolded paper clip in front of her mouth, pondering how lame it is for her teacher to reward good spelling with Reward Words that are even harder to spell.

All in all, it was a delight to finish one of my all-time favorite series. Again. :-)
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LibraryThing member Sean191
Reading Ramona's World is bittersweet. Just as I read the first Ramona book (Ramona the Pest) to my children a few years back, they, like Ramona, are growing up and gaining independence. My son can read chapter books on his own now, but he's still young enough that he likes to have me read to him.
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His sister, a couple years younger, I have more time left with still.

Ramona though, she's almost into her teens! She turns 10 during the course of the story, finds herself not really disliking Yard Ape as much as she might have been trying to convince herself, and just takes those little steps away from being the little willful spirit we were first introduced to. She's still willful to be sure, but it's balanced with a little more self-awareness and control. She's growing up. :*(
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
I hate saying goodbye to Ramona, but since Beverly Cleary is now102 years old (but still alive as I write) I doubt there will be another book in the series.
Like previous books in the Ramona series, this one is episodic, with a few laugh out loud scenes. We get just a hint of Ramona's first crush
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(Yard Ape) and she finally has a close friend other than Howie (Daisy). She deals with a variety of minor crises, and comes out at the end looking up.
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LibraryThing member bookworm12
We wrapped up the Ramona series with the final book, which was published long after the original series. It's not my favorite, but I do love seeing Ramona become a big sister and make new friends.
LibraryThing member foggidawn
Ramona's never had a girl best friend, and now that she's in the fourth grade, she's feeling like she'd really like one. Will Daisy, the new girl at school, fit the bill?

This book came out after I had outgrown the series, so it's an odd experience for me, reading a "new" Ramona book (I first read
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it on my last reread of the series, about ten years ago). It has the same delightful feel as the rest of the series and fits in well.
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
More fun with Ramona. If you don't enjoy these books, maybe you don't remember what it was like to be a child?
LibraryThing member Marse
While I've enjoyed reading about Ramona, Beezus and the kids in their neighborhood, I find I like the earlier books, when Ramona was younger, better. Somehow her antics and thought processes were more entertaining. Still worth reading all of the series.

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