This is the first true chapter book I've read to the girl, and in doing so I'm really trying hard to bring the story to life for her so that she doesn't lose interest. Ramona mentions being able to see Mt. Hood from her classroom window. Hey, we can see Mt. Hood too. When Ramona's dad gave her a Pink Pearl eraser for the first day of school, I went out and bought one for the girl. (Although she was thankful, I have to say that the girl wasn't nearly as excited about the eraser as Ramona was. Sadly, in an age of $60 video games, a 49 cent eraser doesn't have the same appeal it once had.)
This past Sunday, Jay had the idea of taking the girl to Grant Park. Grant Park pops up in a lot of Cleary's stories and the real Klickitat Street, where the Quimby's and their friend Henry Huggins lived, is just a few blocks away.
The highlight of the park was the Beverly Cleary sculpture garden. As soon as Lucy realized this was a sculpture of Ramona, she ran up and held her hand as if they were about to go splash in mud puddles together.
This is the first time I've read a Ramona book in decades and I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying it. Ramona is so sweet but still a bit rough and tumble-the perfect heroine for a little girl who is not above causing her own harmless shenanigans.
This Saturday the library is hosting a 90 minute Ramona walking tour, where you visit the places mentioned in the books. If the girl was just a wee bit older, I'd be all over this. But at this point I just don't think she'd have an appreciation for the full tour, since we've only read the one book so far. Maybe next year.