I read an article a few weeks ago about Beverly Cleary turning 100, and it caught my fancy. We celebrate authors’ 100th birthdays, and 200th birthdays, and 500th birthdays (Shakespeare!), but how fun to celebrate an author’s 100th birthday and know that she is celebrating, too (evidently with a piece of carrot cake in her assisted living residence).
The kids got to wear pajamas to school today for a Drop Everything And Read day. The cnn article I read said that Scholastic was encouraging schools to do this. Our school has such a day every year around this time, so we’re not sure if this is coincidence or planned, but it works out!
The girl child reached the 1,000,000 words club this week, and got to sign her name on the poster in the library yesterday. The reward is Pizza with the Principal at the end of the year for all the kids in the club. She’s not so sure about the reward, especially since all the other kids in the club are in higher grades than she is. She does somewhat know one girl in 4th grade who is almost there. If S makes it, she will be happier about the prize.
Part of her million words was a mad dash through Beverly Cleary books. Bezels, Ramona, Henry Huggins, Ribsy, Ralph S. Mouse continue to entertain. Kristin writes more about them, and the ordinariness of them (when she was small, Cleary was disappointed that none of the kids in the books she read were just normal kids. So she wrote her own books about normal life and normal kids.)
So Ramona lives on and Beverly Cleary can enjoy knowing that she has made a difference in a whole lot of ordinary kids’ lives. How fun is that!?!