Monday, May 21, 2018

Klickitat Street

Ramona the Pest. Illustrations of Beverly Cleary’s books by Louis Darling
Illustrations of Beverly Cleary’s books by Louis Darling
Beverly Cleary turned 102 this April!  She is the author of 41 young adult books that have sold over 91 million copies. 
Beverly Cleary, young adult author, age 6
Beverly Cleary, age 6
"If we finished our work, the teacher would say, 'Now don't read ahead.' But sometimes I hid the book I was reading behind my geography book and did read ahead. You can hide a lot behind a geography book." - Beverly Cleary
  Beverly Cleary, young adult author in 1938. Klickitat Street.
Beverly Cleary, in 1938
In 1939, Beverly Cleary was a children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, and then a librarian at the U.S. Army Hospital in Oakland, California. 
Frustrated by the lack of children's books with realistic characters and situations, she started writing while working in a bookstore. 
Henry Huggins by Beverly Clearly. Illustration by Louis Darling
"If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it." - Beverly Cleary

Henry Huggins, a book about a boy in Oregon, a stray dog, and a humorous look at the problem-solving skills of a suburban 8-year-old, was published in 1950. 
She followed with five more Henry books. 
Beverly Cleary's book Ramona the Pest. Henry Huggins the traffic guard and Ramona who lost her boots. Illustration by Louis Darling
Ramona receiving some unwelcome assistance from School Crossing Guard Henry Huggins. Illustration by Louis Darling
Cleary also wrote stories about the other kids in Henry's Klickitat Street neighborhood.  Ramona Geraldine Quimby, a younger, pesky sister, was never meant to be a main character . . . 
I am too a Merry Sunshine. Illustration of Ramona in  Beverly Cleary’s book featuring sisters Ramona and Beezus by Louis Darling
"As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children."- Beverly Cleary 

but Ramona became the best know of Cleary's fictional children.  
"Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood." - Beverly Cleary
She appeared in books spanning forty-four years from 1955 in Beezus and Ramona to 1999 in Ramona’s World.
"Love isn’t like a cup of sugar that gets used up." - Ramona's Mother, Mrs. Quimby 

Bronze figures of Ramona, Henry, and Henry's dog Ribsy were dedicated on 1995 in Grant Park, Portland. Klickitat Street, where Henry and his friends live, is located a few blocks north of the park.
Beverly Cleary was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
"I didn't start out writing to give children hope, but I'm glad some of them found it." - Beverly Cleary

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