A Life with Ramona

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Beverly Cleary has been held in high esteem in the minds of just-blooming young readers for generations. But that does not mean that her writing isn’t valuable in deciphering adult struggles too:

With all the worries we have as adults, it’s natural to look at childhood as idyllic and worry-free and it’s far too easy to forget how hard it is to be a kid. True, child worries about a prized ribbon being cut in half don’t measure up to adult anxieties about job security or rent increases, but that doesn’t make them any less valid or real.

Read more about why Ramona is still a champion of children and parents alike here.


Mary Allen is a writer working, crafting, and making bad puns in the San Francisco Bay Area. More from this author →